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No shotgun necessary. In a friendly “arranged marriage,” two cities — Makurazaki in Kagoshima Prefecture and Wakkanai in Hokkaido — united their local delicacies in a Shinto-style wedding ceremony at Izumo Shrine in Shimane Prefecture Wednesday.

The union of dried kelp (“rishiri kombu”) harvested from the cold waters of Hokkaido and “katsuobushi” (dried shaved bonito) is intended to drawing people’s attention to local foods. Both kombu and katsuo are essential ingredients of “dashi,” a soup stock.

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