Come new year in neighborhoods around Japan, you’ll see steam rising, and hear wooden hammers pounding and men and women grunting and yelling.
What’s going on?
It’s a tradition to make ‘mochi,’ a rice cake produced by steaming rice, and whacking it (until your arms are sore) with giant wood mallets in a stone mortar (usu). After the rice becomes a thick doughy consistency, it is formed into balls and often stuffed with various kinds of sweet fillings.
Enjoy the film ‘one minute and twenty seconds’ of mochi making…
Film by Patrick M. Lydon
Originally published at SocieCity