Misawa Photos

Making Mochi: pounding fun, spiritually powered rice cakes

A Japanese ceremony worker pounds steamed rice during the annual mochi-pounding ceremony in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force gym at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 14, 2012. Although mochi-tsuki is eaten year-round, it is a Japanese tradition to eat it New Years Day because of it is believed to bring protection from disasters in the year to come. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

PHOTO BY: Airman st Class Kenna Jackson
VIRIN: 121214-F-ND780-087.JPG
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