Mochi much?

The sun FINALLY came out on Sunday, and to celebrate not taking antidepressants mixed with booze the warmth, we checked out the Mochi Tsuki Festival at Islandwood here on Bainbridge Island.

Here’s Islandwood’s blurb about it, in case you don’t go to events you can’t pronounce have never been:

Watch or participate in the making of the mochi, a Japanese rice delicacy. Using steamed sweet rice and pounding it into a soft dough-like texture mochi is shaped into small dumpling-like balls. Joining other men, women, and children to shape mochi …. Listen to Taiko drumming in the Great Hall or spend time on the trails with a family walk.

This is the star of the day: mochi, sweet rice that is steamed, stretched, and pounded (kinda like pilates for food).

Filled with these tasty morsels of red bean paste:

Hey. Don’t judge a book. They’re no dark chocolate truffle, but these guys are YUM to the EEEEE.

Brian has a good description with photos of the mochi-making process, if you are curious about how it goes from grain to stretchy doughyness.

When the mochi crowd swelled, we went to watch the Seattle Kokon Taiko drumming group.

We enjoyed feeling the beat with them. Literally. They always give me heart fibrillations put on a good show. Plus, girls with drums? You gotta love that.

In addition to rice and drums, they offered an origami table. I personally can’t handle origami without a couple of stiff drinks. Something in my makeup can never read the alleged how-to’s for origami, which I suspect is a form of lingering Japanese revenge for all that encampment BS.

The hubs, however, made a brave attempt at a mini kimono for the Kid. When the instructions pissed him off, shock of shocks failed to sufficiently instruct, he cheated compensated, he says.

By using scissors to cut the paper into a kimono shape. Soon, everyone at the table was clamoring for the scissors.

He didn’t make this crane.

Otherwise, the sun, the drumming, the mochi all made for a great, family day.

Thanks, Islandwood! You guys always warm my heart.

Fire used to steam the rice outside.

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6 responses to “Mochi much?

  1. Oh, looks like you guys had a fun day! We have an annual event around here at the Cahokia Mounds historic site and it’s always a ton of fun for kids and adults. The Cahokians are believed to be the oldest civilization in N. America so the event usually includes samples of smoked fish and venison, some flint-knapping, drum pounding, etc.

  2. Oooh, I love the close-ups.

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  3. Those are great photos, and it looks like a great day. I can’t do the red bean paste, though. I just can’t.

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  4. Yes, some close-ups turned out ok. When the hubs grabbed my camera, he thought the other lens was on it, not the macro! Hence, the close-ups…. 😉

  5. Ohhh I wish I had known about this! I love mochi! Those pictures look so yummy.

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