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What to Do with Molded Mochi

What to Do with Molded Mochi

Please excuse me to post a gross photograph. But if you make mochi or are given handmade mochi, it gets molded pretty quickly. The above photograph is my handmade kagamimochi and a New Year’s door decoration. Kagamimochi looked great when it was made at the end of last year. But while it was displayed at the […]

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Mochi

Mochi

Mochi or omochi is made from pounded sweet rice. Sweet rice is also called glutinous rice, sticky rice, or waxy rice. If you intend to make mochi on your own, you have to find Japanese sweet rice, which is short grain sweet rice. Traditionally, steamed sweet rice is pounded in a wooden motar with one […]

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Japanese Calendar of Dates and Food

Japanese Calendar of Dates and Food

In Japan, certain dates in the calendar year are associated with food. It’s somewhat similar to the United States custom to have turkey, cranberries, and applesauce on Thanksgiving, but the Japanese do not commemorate specific past events by eating certain food on these days. In many cases, we don’t know why we eat certain foods […]

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Kagami Mochi

Kagami Mochi

Japanese households display a decorated offering called kagami mochi from the end of year through January 7th. I think the closest thing in the Western culture is Christmas wreath. It’s basically two round mochi balls and daidai, a type of citrus, stuck on top of each other. Sometimes ornaments are more extravagant than the picture. […]

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