Local bonds strengthened, celebrated through New Year’s tradition
U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Parrish, 35th Mission Support Group commander, swings a mallet during the Mochi Pounding Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2015. The ceremony is held annually to give members of the 35th Fighter Wing and Naval Air Facility Misawa a chance to experience a Japanese New Year’s tradition and celebrate the strong bonds between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman/Released)

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