Happy New Year!
The first two days of the semester, we experienced Kakizome and Mochitsuki to celebrate the New Year.
Kakizome is a first calligraphy of the year and people write New Year’s resolutions.
Mochitsuki is to pound rice to make rice cake, and it is also a Japanese New Year's tradition. We put some cooked rice into a big stone bowl called “Usu” and pounded it for several times to make it stick together with big hummer called “Kine”.
It was not easy to pound rice than it looks since the hummer was pretty heavy with sticky rice, but students enjoyed a lot to make mochi!
We enjoyed our fresh mochi with soy sauce, kinako (roasted soybean powder) with sugar, and seaweed.
I hope students enjoyed the experience of celebrating Japanese New Year in the class!