Mochi-tsuki

  

The day before yesterday, I went to Mochi-tsuki.

It is a traditional way to make mochi (rice cakes).

It involves pounding steamed rice with a big pestle and mortar to make it.

In Japan on New Years people eat mochi.

Nowadays people buy mochi at the store or use electric mochi pounding machines.

But still people do Mochi-tsuki as community events in many districts, preschools, etc.

The steamed rice in this photo is brown rice, so it isn’t white.

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