Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rice cake pounding is the perfect way to release some pent-up aggression from 2018

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click to enlarge Mochitsuki Japanese New Year’s Rice Cake Pounding Event, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., CC’s Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free, japanamerica.org. - AARONTPHOTOGRAPHY / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Mochitsuki Japanese New Year’s Rice Cake Pounding Event, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., CC’s Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free, japanamerica.org.
While our local Mochitsuki event has a long history of about 15 years, the tradition of pounding rice in celebration of the new year goes back thousands of years in Japan. Mochi, a soft, sweet rice cake, can be eaten on its own or used in various dishes, and it’s thought to bring good luck to the new year — kind of like the Western tradition of eating black-eyed peas. But the process of preparing mochi is way more fun than cranking a can opener. Saturday, try your hand at pounding rice into mochi with traditional implements: big, heavy wooden mallets. If you have any pent-up aggression from 2018 (and which of us doesn’t?) this could prove a good way to start the year on a number of levels. 

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