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Mochitsuki (Rice-Cake Making) Event

10th Annual Mochitsuki Event – Jan 18, 2017

On Jan 18 (Wed), we had more than 200 people at our annual Mochitsuki Event. Among the participants were short-time exchange students from abroad. They seemed to be enjoying their first-ever traditional Japanese experience. Big thanks to the tutors for your great help!

9th Annual Mochitsuki Event – Jan 20, 2016

On Jan 20 (Wed), a very cold and snowy day, more than 180 people participated in our Mochitsuki Event.
For some of the international students and researchers, it was their first time eating mochi. Everyone enjoyed the freshly-made, warm mochi in a cheerful atmosphere!

Eighth rice cake making (Mochitsuki), January, 21, 2015

On January 21, rice cake making gathering was held as planned without any rain, though the weather was worried before. More than one hundred and fifty people, including international students, regular students, visiting scholars, and faculty in North Campus came and had mochi with kinako (soy bean powder), anko (sweet red bean paste), daikon oroshi (grated daikon radish) and warm Zouni soup. Participants enjoyed fresh mochi that they just had made with others and Japanese new year atmosphere.

 

Seventh rice cake making (Mochitsuki), January, 16, 2014

On January 16, rice cake making gathering was held as scheduled in the space next to the bldg #2. About 180 people, including international students, visiting scholars, faculty, and regular students in North Campus came and enjoyed the warm rice cakes with Zouni Soup, sweet bean paste and grated daikon, etc. Many students and faculty helped a lot. Thank you very much!

 

Sixth rice cake making (Mochitsuki), January, 16, 2013

On January 16, rice cake making gathering was held as scheduled , favored by lovely weather, in the space next to the bldg #2. More than two hundred people, including international students, visiting scholars, faculty, and regular students in North Campus came and enjoyed the warm rice cakes. Help by many of the students and faculty made the mochitsuki event extremely successful. Thank you very much!

 

Fifth rice cake making (Mochitsuki), Jaunary, 11, 2012

Our fifth annual rice cake making event (mochitsuki) was held on January 11, in the space just east of Graduate School of Agriculture Bldg 2. More than two hundred people, including international students, visiting scholars, faculty, and regular students in North Campus got together and enjoyed the warm rice cakes in soup or with kinako (soy bean powder), anko (sweet red bean paste), or daikon oroshi (grated daikon radish) after pounding rice. Everybody enjoyed not only the delicious rice cakes but also the active conversation with others, making the mochitsuki event extremely successful. Many of the students and faculty helped us prepare the event. Thank you very much!

 

Rice cake making (Mochitsuki), January, 18, 2011

Our rice cake making event (mochitsuki) was held on January 18, 2011, in the space just east of Graduate School of Agriculture Bldg 2, with a thin layer of snow still on the ground. About one hundred fifty people, including international students, visiting scholars, faculty, and regular students in North Campus came down and enjoyed the rice pounding, then happily filled their mouths with the warm rice cakes in soup or with kinako (soy bean powder), anko (sweet red bean paste), or daikon oroshi (grated daikon radish). International students new to rice cake pounding raised and lowered the mallet with vigor, and with the soft, warm rice cakes directly before their eyes, all language barriers suddenly disappeared as they enjoyed the delicious rice cakes together. Many of the students and faculty helped us prepare the event from the day before and make it a great success. Thank you very much!

 

Mochitsuki Celemony 2010