San Franciscans pound mochi at the Asian Art Museum

On Jan. 8, the mochitsuki group Kagami Kai gave a performance at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The event, which started at noon, included a mochi-pounding by the San Francisco-based group, in which people of all ages were invited to try swinging wooden mallets down on the wet rice paste. After the pounding, […]

40th annual Oshogatsu matsuri

The JCCCNC’s 40th annual Oshogatsu matsuri was held on Jan. 8 in SF’s Japantown. The community celebration welcomed in the new year with arts and crafts, mochitsuki, taiko drumming, food and a children’s art contest. J-town Arts silk-screened T-shirts for free. How awesome is that? Nichi Bei staff were on hand snacking, snapping pictures and […]

Mochi chronicles: Just mochi

While there is no real substitute for mochi made by pounding mochi (glutinous) rice there is something to be said for the easy substitute provided by these two recipes. Both recipes use mochiko (mochi flour) to generate a final product that is softer than traditional mochi but very delicious and also usable in other recipes like […]

Mochi chronicles: Zenzai

  Red beans and rice[cakes] didn’t miss her With the holiday season upon us the promise of seasonal Japanese treats looms large. And when I say “treats” what I really mean is mochi (sticky rice cakes). Of course, mochi can be eaten during the rest of the year but wonderfully, at holiday time, I can […]