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Cmdr. James Schmitt, executive officer of Naval Air Facility Misawa, pounds steamed rice with a traditional wooden mallet during the Japan Self-Defense Force Annual Mochi Pounding Ceremony at Misawa Air Base.
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MISAWA, Japan (Dec. 15, 2015) Cmdr. James Schmitt, executive officer of Naval Air Facility Misawa, pounds steamed rice with a traditional wooden mallet during the Japan Self-Defense Force Annual Mochi Pounding Ceremony at Misawa Air Base. Mochi pounding ceremonies are held to mark many holidays and special occasions in Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan C. Delcore/Released)

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