The family that makes mochi together, stays together

THANK YOU VERY MOCHI By Paul Matsushima, Sophie Wang and Craig Ishii; illustrated by Jing Zheng (Los Angeles: Kizuna, 2016, 40 pp., $17.50, hardcover) Mochi-lovers, here’s a book you’ll enjoy reading with your children or grandchildren. It shows how mochi was made in the days before there were mochi machines.  The grandfather in the story […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Revisiting Tule Lake

Interest in the 2012 Tule Lake Pilgrimage ran so high this year that the slots for participants were filled within three weeks. I signed up early, and was one of the lucky 400 or so to participate. People from the National Park Service, scholars and students, and any number of interested parties attended the pilgrimage. […]

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, […]