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“Soba” made with grain grown in rice paddies damaged by a magnitude-6 earthquake in Nagano Prefecture, went on sale Monday.

The Fukko brand of buckwheat noodles is pronounced the same way as “fukko,” which means restoration, but the kanji mean “luck” and “happiness.” This is to show gratitude to those who supported the village’s recovery from the quake, which struck March 12.

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