Sounds of Mochitsuki at Hayama Danchi

Neighborhood adults and children are making mochi (Japanese rice cake). We take turns pounding the rice. Adults help and encourage children to keep this winter tradition alive in rural Japan.

Rice pounding

Rice folding

More photos of the event are on Flikr: Hayama Danchi 2013 Mochitsuki.

440-3 Takano, Ritto, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University (1977-2020). Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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