In a residential area near JR Fukuchiyama Station (Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture), I found a round signboard about 30 centimeters in diameter with a cute illustration of a rice ball on it.

"Rice and salt are our life." The owner, Kumi Adachi (52 years old), smiled as she brought us a "rice ball set'' (680 yen) that included two fist-sized rice balls, miso soup, dashi rolls, and pickled vegetables.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Due to automatic translation, some expressions may not be accurate.