posted by davek on Jan 29
We close our our Ohana Festival series with Mochi-tsuki. This pounding of the mochi is traditional activity for the Japanese people. Mochi is made from a glutinous, slightly sweet rice. This reice is steamed then put in a large stone or wooden basin called an “usu” and pounded with wooden hammers called “kine”. The mochi is then pinched off into small balls of dough and filled with azuki (sweet bean paste). This demonstration showed the pounding and making of the mochi and a sample of the freshly made mochi (shown below).