Some Japanese managed hotel on Guam does New Year Ceremony, Rice Pounding and Break Sake Barrel.
Japanese people celebrate New Year as Christian calendar with many unique and special activities. This picture down below is that I took at Guam Reef Hotel that hotel staff were offering fresh pounded Rice which called “Mochi" at their hotel’s lobby at 9:00 am, 1st January 2016.
They bought steamed Mochi Rice one after another and let guests pounded Rice to make Mochi.
Rice pounding is a Japanese tradition on the first day of the New Year with desire of luck, health and prosperity.
Traditional Mochi is made from soft and sweet rice (called Mochi rice, or Mochiko). The cooked rice is crushed in a large wooden mortar by 2 people until becoming sticky mass then formed into round shape.
Ceremony lasts about an hour or less.