Days leading up to New Year’s Eve, a familiar Japanese tradition took place in many local backyards: the art of mochitsuki, the pounding of mochi rice to make mochi. Family’s and friends gathered in their social bubbles to take their turns pounding away at their owned or borrowed usu (a large round bowl-like mortar made of wood or stone), in hopes of gaining good fortune over the coming year. Here is a collection of photos submitted to the Herald of various mochitsuki events that occurred this past late December.
Located deep within Kalihi Valley, Daihonzan Chozen-ji temple — a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple and martial arts dojo — held their annual mochitsuki event for their temple members, pounding a whopping 100 pounds worth of mochi rice. Here are the photos that captured the day.
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