Hama-chan is a large white radish (daikon) from Hamasaka in Hyogo. His banner reads Hamasaka hamadaikon displaying the name of the small town and its locally grown vegetable. He was created to help revitalize the area and promote the town for its speciality vegetable. Daikon is an important part of Japanese cuisine, it’s used as a garnish for many dishes like sushi or as a simmered vegetable. The versatile vegetable can be eaten raw in salads or cut into strips for dips. It can also be grilled, baked, boiled, broiled or stir-fried. Daikon is also very low in calories and rich in vitamin C. The Daikon girl below was spotted in Ginza, Tokyo selling a salad dressing. I also found another daikon kigurumi online called Daichan.
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