THE annual mochi-pounding event organized by the Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas was held on Dec. 28, 2020 at the Paseo De Marianas or PDM.


A girl pounds mochi at the Paseo De Marianas on Dec. 28 2020.

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Due to travel restrictions that have shut down the local tourism industry, the Marianas Visitors Authority cancelled its annual “Christmas in the Marianas” program, which included the mochi-pounding event.

But the Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas decided to hold the event nonetheless in collaboration with PDM Promoters and the Japan Consulate, said Hiroko Tajima, acting chairwoman of the Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas.


Children check out the takeuma, the Japanese walking stilts.

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Tajima said mochi or rice cakes were served in three different flavors: red beans, soybeans with sugar, and soy sauce with seaweed.

Besides enjoying mochi, the children also had a good time playing with traditional Japanese toys, Tajima said.

“We, of course, followed the safety measures recommended by the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force to ensure that it was a safe and enjoyable event,” she added.


Children and their parents try playing with the kendama, a traditional Japanese skill toy.

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Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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