2013年04月25日

A "mochi" rice cake is made through "mochitsuki" and forming pounded steamed "mochigome" glutinous rice into a palm-sized round or square shape.

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Since Japan's farming has been focused on rice cultivation, paddies can be seen anywhere in the countryside. "Ina-wara" rice straw, which is a by-product of rice cultivation, is used for various kinds of daily commodities such as "tatami" mats or straw rope festoons. A "mochi" rice cake is also indispensable preserved food for sacred days like "shogatsu" New Year's holiday or festivals.
In these days, a mass produced "mochi" is sold at supermarkets, however it originally is made through "mochitsuki" as shown in the picture.
This performance had been often found even in urban areas untill 1960's, but it has become to be performed as an attraction of a program of entertainments today.
*Mochitsuki: Two men alternately pound steamed rice in a mortar with a pestle.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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