Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mochi Pounding!

A farmers market in Haiki held a Mochi Pounding over the weekend. I've been to several, and while I like them, I'm more interested in the finished product... Mochi!
As with the other mochi poundings I've been to, this one allowed visitors to come up and try their hand swinging the giant wooden mallets onto the glutinous rice.

When the guys who are doing the real pounding are at work, it's a fast process. One guy adds water and quickly moves out of the way to avoid a lump on the head.
During the break, you could buy the fresh azuki (sweetened red bean paste) filled mochi and mikans.
Still hard at work.

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