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Parents who deliver a new bundle of joy are usually eager to show off their newborn to family and friends. But Covid-19 has greatly restricted visitations and travelling. Due to challenges in holding get-togethers, Japanese parents are increasingly turning to sending relatives proxy ‘babies’ to announce births.

The proxies, called dakigokochi, consist of a bag of rice shaped like a bundled newborn, with a photo of the baby’s face attached to it. Parents can customise the rice bag according to their baby’s weight, so that the recipient can experience what it’s like to hold the actual child.

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