Mochitsuki Festival もちつき祭り

One of the most important fall harvest in Japan is rice. From a short grain, a traditional food called Mochi (餅) is made pounded then  molded into bite sized mounds to be added to soups, toasted in ovens or covered with Japanese traditional foods; such as anko and natto.

The mochi festival has been tagged the Mochitsuki Festival (もちつき祭り) in the Tohoku region in Japan.  Even though it is eaten year-round, mochi is reserved for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time.

Mochi is enjoyed by people of all ages and in many places throughout the world, such as the USA (Hawaii), Cambodia, Thailand, and Taiwan.

 

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