Rice cakes – we call it ‘mochi’ is eaten most everywhere in Japan at New Years. The rice cakes (pounded sticky rice) is sold everywhere but the freshly pounded rice cakes are hard to come by – especially in Tokyo unless pre-ordered.
However ‘pounding rice cakes events’ can be found in local communities and is a year end popular community gathering just like in our neighborhood.
At the venue, there was a gallery of ‘Japan in the early 1940 ~1950s’. Photographs of typical Japanese households, kitchen and electrical household goods which were quite an impressive collection.