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Rice Cake Pounding Event | 餅つき大会

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.

年末年始には必ず行く、、『餅つき大会』。

商店街や区の集まり、東京でも目を見張らせていると必ずどこかで開催されています。つきたてのお餅は格別な味で、、なんだかとっても贅沢な気分にさせてくれます。我家は杉並区の郷土博物館で行われた餅つき大会に参加。『昔のくらしと今のくらし』という展示会も見てきました。

 

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The sticky rice is steamed before it is pounded.

 

 

 

 

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Our New Years fresh pounded rice. Grilled over low heat until it starts puffing…like a balloon

 

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We call this ‘Ozoni’ (Rice Cake Soup). The type of Ozoni will differ from county to county; ours being the Kanto type with clear bonito broth, chicken, carrots, mitsuba and slice of yuzu.

 

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.

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a typical Japanese house in the early 1950s~1960s
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electricity taken from the room lamp

 

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the kitchen in the 1940 ~ 1950s

 

 

 

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