Traditional Japanese mallet and mortar for making *mochi* (rice-cakes), Tokyo 1974

Childs, Iraphne R. (1974) Traditional Japanese mallet and mortar for making *mochi* (rice-cakes), Tokyo 1974. [Image]

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Traditional wooded kine (mallet) and usu (mortar) used in rice-cake pounding (mochitsuki) ceremony for making traditional mochi for the Japanese New Year. Mochi is made of glutinous rice flour, soaked overnight, cooked, then pounded into paste using wooden mallets in a traditional mortar and molded into shape. Two people alternate, one pounding and the other turning and wetting the mochi. They keep a steady rhythm to avoid accidentally injure one another with the heavy mallet.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: Japanese; mallets; festivals, celebrations, etc
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:06
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:39
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
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JapanTokyo Metropolitan PrefectureTokyoSetagaya
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