Thursday, January 11, 2007

Join the fun of Mochitsuki

Mochitsuki is the traditional mochi-pounding ceremony in Japan!

Polished white rice is soaked overnight and cooked. The wet rice is pounded with wooden mallets called kine in a traditional mortar called an usu.

Two people alternate the work, one pounding and the other turning and wetting the mochi, which is formed into delicious small rice balls.

The Honorable Kenji Shinoda, Consul General of Japan, will be the guest of honor at the Mochitsuki Shinnenkai sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Indiana from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 26 January in the Indianapolis Artsgarden above the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets in downtown Indianapolis.

There will be Mochi-Pounding, Sake-Tasting, New Year's Fortune-Reading, Tea Ceremony, KARAOKE (Japanese & English), Hors d'oeuvres & cash bar.

Admission is $35 for JASI members and $50 for non-members; reservation deadline is 24 January.

For information and reservations, call 317:635-0123.

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