A Tokyo-based group has turned to a food familiar to every Japanese person — the omusubi rice ball — as a vehicle to promote international exchanges in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer.

The group, “Eat, and Energize the East,” launched a project in 2019 to create opportunities for residents of Japanese municipalities registered as “host towns” for the Tokyo Games to interact with overseas visitors by making and eating omusubi together.

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