Americans, Japanese pound mochi, strengthen bonds

The Rothstein family tries freshly made mochi during the annual mochi pounding ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force gym, Misawa Air Base, Japan; Dec. 16, 2010. After taking turns pounding steamed rice into the traditional Japanese rice cakes, local dignitaries and their families were able to try the mochi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse/Released)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Samuel MorseReleased
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