Hikaru dorodango, or "shiny dumplings" in Japanese, are spheres of dirt and mud that have been polished to a beautiful shine. The best ones truly appear to be the works of professional sculptors, but anyone can make a dorodango. In fact, Japanese schoolchildren have been shaping them for years. The practice requires great concentration so that the dorodango doesn't crack, and it takes several hours to create a perfectly shiny sphere. Watch an artist create hikaru dorodango in the following video, then learn about other eclectic hobbies.
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