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10.01.2011 Tokyo, Japan - Dressed in an ancient samurai warriors armor, former Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura swings a wooden mallet to crack layers of Kagami-mochi or glutinous rice cakes in a traditional Kagami-biraki ceremony to kick off new years first martial arts training at Tokyos Budokan Martial Arts Hall. The tradition of Kagami-biraki was originated in 15th century among samurais to officially start the first workout of the new year.
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    10.01.2011 Tokyo, Japan - Dressed in an ancient samurai warriors armor, former Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura swings a wooden mallet to crack layers of Kagami-mochi or glutinous rice cakes in a traditional Kagami-biraki ceremony to kick off new years first martial arts training at Tokyos Budokan Martial Arts Hall. The tradition of Kagami-biraki was originated in 15th century among samurais to officially start the first workout of the new year.
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