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ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido (Kyodo) In a snow-covered field on the outskirts of Wassamu, Hokkaido, lie lush green cabbages harvested in the fall but preserved in snow until spring.

“Cabbages do not freeze even if the temperature drops to minus 20,” said cabbage farmer Yuko Arai, 43. “Cabbages breathe in snow and grow.” In fall 1970, when cabbage prices plummeted, several households that were raising the vegetable left them in fields instead of harvesting them.

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