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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mochi tsuki tradition ushers in new year on Bainbridge

Shoichi Sugiyama advises volunteers as they pound away at mochi at the 25th annual mochi tsuki event. Making and eating mochi, a sweet rice treat, is a Japanese new year tradition. The sweet rice is pounded by wooden mallets until it becomes mochi — a thick dough.