Making Rice Cakes
rice is steamed to make the mochi.
Ozawa from Japan
rice cakes is a Japanese tradition that is
frequently done to make rice cakes (Mochi)
at New Year. Glutinous rice becomes mochi
after it is steamed and pounded with a Kine
and Usu. First
of all, place steamed rice into a wooden pestle.
it is Dad's turn. Dad grabs the Kine which
is made of wood and shaped like a big hammer. This
is a good opportunity to show off his authority
because the Kine is very heavy and smashing
rice with it is hard work.
time Dad smashes rice with the Kine, Son or Mom has
to mix and flip rice with their wet hands so the
rice does not stick to the Kine.
good relationship and trust in each other are
necessary. Dad may crash Son's or Mom's hand with
the Kine. This movement should be
rhythmical. Dad hits, son mixes things such as
jams, fresh fruits, wine and hot tea.
pray for the best luck to come to our family. After
that, we wish everybody good luck and give lucky
money bags, clothes, or anything we know the
members of our family like.
Every time Dad smashes rice with the Kine,
Son or Mom has to mix and flip rice with
their wet hands so the rice does not stick
to the Kine.
the early morning, we need to visit our
grandparents, parents, or siblings if we don't live
with them. The next day, we visit our teachers and
Year's Day is an important day in my country. We
love that day so much that the members of our
family always go back home and are happy
people are becoming not to do this custom because
of a lack of place to do it and because they are
using electronic Mochi-tuki machines. But I believe
this custom is a good one to start the New Year
working with the family.
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