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new year mochitsuki | 12/01/01

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Mochi (餅) is a Japanese cake made of rice that has been pounded into a paste.

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The traditional method of preparing mochi is called mochitsuki, a ceremony where whole rice is pounded with a large wooden mallet (kine) in a traditional mortar (usu).

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Mochi is eaten all year but it is a traditional food of the New Year in Japan.

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Stephanie and I were invited to participate in mochitsuki with friends in the Northern Japanese castle town of Hirosaki.

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Afterwards we made snow sculptures with the kids and ate sushi (another new years treat) with apple cider.

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