Traditional mochi tsuki (mochi pounding) [wiki] involves the steaming of mochi rice which would be pounded with an usu (mortar) and kine (pestle or wooden mallet) [wiki] until it reached a white pasty consistency. The steamed rice would then be shaped into round pieces or mochi which literally means “round rice.” Electronic mochi-making machines that “pound” the mochi are also used. At WLABT, mochi is prepared both ways. This is a WLA Jr. YBA fundraiser but all temple members and affiliated members are encouraged to come and participate.
Thank you to all the supporters, members, friends and volunteers for making Mochitsuki 2015 a success!