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FUKUSHIMA — Yoko Funaki, 35, was one of the first women to come to the village of Showa in Fukushima Prefecture 15 years ago as a student to take part in the Weaving Princess System to foster production of traditional China-grass textiles, the village’s special craft.

Originally from Saitama Prefecture, she is now is teaching younger people how to make yarn and woven goods. “I want to hand down to the next generation what the villagers have been engaged in,” she said.

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