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January 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

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Hands-on holiday tradition


JOHN LOK / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kiyomi Tamura, left, reacts after her cousin, Akio Tamura, 3, finishes tossing corn starch onto the worktable during a mochi-making session at the Nisei Veterans' Hall on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.

Since 1989, family and friends from all over the Puget Sound have gathered at the Nisei Veterans Hall in Seattle to celebrate New Year's Day with mochi making, a potluck buffet, basketball and card games. Mochi, a Japanese rice cake, is traditionally eaten on New Year's Day. Two brothers, John and Toshi Uno, who were Nisei veterans of WWII, decided to find a larger venue to hold the annual celebration that had outgrown their family homes.

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