Mochi Pounding Slideshow

Mochi  is a Japanese rice cake made of sweet rice, pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. Yesterday, at a New Year party I visited in Hilo, a special “good luck” soup that contained a plain mochi was served. When the first Japanese immigrants reached Hawai`i in 1885, …

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Mochi Pounding!

Quote of the day: “In many Japanese American households and communities, an annual custom ismochitsuki—the pounding of mochi or rice cakes, which is essential to the “Oshogatsu” or New Year’s celebration. Mochitsuki is an all-day event which requires many hands, long hours, and physical labor, but is also a time of fellowship and socializing with friends and family.” Saturday, December 29, was the Mochi Pounding Day at Akiko’s. On December 26, Akiko’s friends and family …

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Preparation For Mochi Pounding

Quote of the day: “ In many Japanese American households and communities, an annual custom is mochitsuki—the pounding of mochi or rice cakes, which is essential to the “Oshogatsu” or New Year’s celebration. Mochitsuki is an all-day event which requires many hands, long hours, and physical labor, but is also a time of fellowship and socializing with friends and family.” — Wikipedia This is the 15th year that Akiko is hosting a New Year’s Mochi Pounding event at …

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