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One of the most popular ceremonies to celebrate the New Year is the traditional Japanese practice of mochitsuki (mochi pounding).

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Caption: One of the most popular ceremonies to celebrate the New Year is the traditional Japanese practice of mochitsuki (mochi pounding). In Japan, sweet rice paste called mochi is made in recognition of special occasions throughout the year and is always eaten at the New Year.

Maj. Richard Yada (shown left), 835th Transportation Battalion acting commander, and Staff Sgt. (P) Paul Guerrero, 835th terminal management, take part in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces Rice Pounding Ceremony Dec. 21.

Pounding steamed glutinous rice in a large wooden mortar, called the usu, with a wooden mallet called the kine, makes Mochi--which is similar to a rice cake.

(Photo courtesy of the 835th Transportation Battalion)
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