Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nostalgia--Rice Cake Pounding

This was Haruka's first ' omochi tsuki ' ( rice cake pounding ) when she was still joining her prepschool as a celebration to wish good health and prosperity of the New Year here in Japan. Some Yochien ( kindergarten ) in Japan do their omochi tsuki during December but theirs is done some time in January. I was also a part of preparing the mochi ( rice cake ) with some other volunteer mums/PTA at school. When the sticky rice is cooked, it is placed in the wooden mochibowl and the kids circle around the mochibowl while the school director helped the kids one by one smashing their mallets into the rice dough. And when they're all done in participating of mochi pounding, it is our job in rolling small mochi balls which were eaten with different kinds of toppings by the kids at school. It was a new experience for me and it was also Wakaba's last omochi tsuki as kindergartner. Volunteer Mums & PTA members--sticky rice is steamed Preparing the bowls for the mochi soup Haruka gets a little help with mochi pounding Mochi with different kinds of flavor--Isobe mochi ( dipped with soysauce and wrapped with dried nori ), anko mochi ( dipped with redbean paste), and kinako mochi ( topped with kinako powder). Ozoni--Japanese Mochi Soup Haruka loves mochi



Isn't it so much fun to go back and just yank them all out and just sit there and reminisce? ^_^
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13 comments:

Jona said...

i'm really learning so much abou he Japanese culture through your blog mommy Clarissa. thanks!
i love japanese soups too...

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Phoebe said...

Hi mommy! I have a tag for you. :)

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♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

Ang cute cute naman ni Haruka!

Re project 365 sis, madali lang yun, it's a self-motivation to post one picture a day,wala lang, tingna lang natin kung sino makabuo, one day late na nga ako eh,you can start whenever.

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

Alho mana tawag sa atua diba clang hehehe. my golly mas malaki pa kaysa kay Haruka,

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chubskulit said...

Wow this is so much fun, naalala ko tuloy nung kabataan ko kasi tagabayo ako hahaha.. Cute cute naman ni Haruka...

Sensya na sa late visit, just a little busy at my end. More Nostalgia here

Vernz said...

Mommy Clang, mao man na ang lusong diri sa ato di ba? kacute ni Haruka.. paningkamot aron ta maka-kaon hahahah.. dropping by for Nostalgia..

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Mommy Liz said...

ang cu cute naman nyan, malaki ba yung rice cake pounding parang sa atin kapag nag ninilupak. yung kamoteng kahoy na nilaga tapos dinudurog at nilalagyan nag asukal at gata..sarap non.

♥ joei said...

Always a pleasure to drop by your blog and learning more about the Japanese (not the usual things we see on TV or read about in books). Happy New Year! :)


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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Yes, it was quite a different experience for you and Haruka to participate in the actual preparation and cooking of mochi balls (rice cakes). You and your kids have already successfully integrated yourselves with the culture and customs of Japan. I could not help but compare Haruka with Azumi of Bambi dear. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

Hi mommy Clang.. I miss you and the girls. Buti pa si Haruka, na-experience na nya yan. Lahat kaya ng yochien ginagawa ito? Balak ko na talaga ipasok si Azumi this year.

Regards sa mga girls mwah.. be back here again. May shigoto na pala ako, 3x a week kaya busy busyhan ako ngayon. Pero im trying to find time to blog and bloghop. Ang hirap pala kapag nawala ka sa ere, di masyado inspired. Anyway ingat palagi. Mwah

Con Artist Trickster said...

I hear a lot about mochi and I'm really curious to try it.

reanaclaire said...

hello Clarissa, hope you are doing great.. love your template!

Dhemz said...

hehhehe...ka cute ni Haruka...baby paman kau sya ani nga pics.......:)

musta na mamiClang...hope all is well..sensya na karon lang nakavisit...busy ang life eh...ehehehe!

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