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Drumming in the new year

A taiko drummer performs at Mochitsuki Day at the Nikkei Cultural Centre on Saturday. The event celebrates the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one and is highlighted by the ceremonial pounding of rice in giant wooden bowls to create a sweet paste that is formed into mochi cakes, a traditional Japanese new year
A taiko drummer performs at Mochitsuki Day at the Nikkei Cultural Centre on Saturday. The event celebrates the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one and is highlighted by the ceremonial pounding of rice in giant wooden bowls to create a sweet paste that is formed into mochi cakes, a traditional Japanese new year's snack.
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A taiko drummer performs at Mochitsuki Day at the Nikkei Cultural Centre on Saturday. The event celebrates the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one and is highlighted by the ceremonial pounding of rice in giant wooden bowls to create a sweet paste that is formed into mochi cakes, a traditional Japanese new year's snack.

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