All About Mochi

Mr. Sugiyama pounding Mochi at Mochitsuki festival on Bainbridge Island in 2010. Photo by Julia Harrison

Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice (not to be confused with gluten) pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time.

More Inforamtion:

More about Mochi pounding (in English and Japanese)

Interview with Mr. Sugiyama (in Japanese)