On last Sunday, we participated in the rice cake making. It is called Mochi-Tsuki. We eat many mochi/rice cakes during the new year holiday. Therefore, the Mochi-Tsuki had been one of the seasonal sight in the end of the year. In these days, we hardly see this traditional event. At this time, it was held for making the friendship among our community, and showing our children how to make mochi. Actually, I have never tried it before!
We had delicious miso soup with mochi and a lot of vegetables.
We can’t make mochi too much at one time, because they goes moldy and stiff in a few days. Moreover, the making of them is a very hard job, so an opportunity to eat a fresh mochi is rare.
Recently, we can get these mass-produced mochi at the supermarket all through the year.
They were done gas flushing one by one. This technology changed mochi from special and festive foods to ordinary one.
This is the holy mochi that is decorated during the new years holidays.
We call it Kagami-mochi.
It usually consists of two round big mochi,and a Japanese bitter orange on top. We also eat this mochi after the decorating period. It becomes very stiff and gets a lot of green molds. I remember that my mother divided it into pieces with a hammer and curved off its molds with a knife, and then she soaked them into water over the night, and made mochi sweets for us.
But now, even this holy mochi had changed .. We don’t need to use a hammer any more ! Only to peel off the bottom of the plastic package!
What do you think of that?