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Sugidama (cedar ball)

Japan flag. Photos | Images of Japan: Sugidama (cedar ball) outside Sake brewery, Yunotsu, Shimane, Japan

A sugidama (杉玉) or cedar ball is the recognized symbol of a Japanese sake brewery. The sugidama was originally put outside the brewery when new sake was brewed and the green leaves would gradually turn brown.

Sugidama (cedar ball) outside Sake brewery, Yunotsu, Shimane, Japan.

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Japan Images: Sugidama (cedar ball) outside Sake Brewery Yunotsu Shimane