Once essential to the New Year celebration, the practice of mochitsuki is now rare even in Japan, as busy people eat store-bought mochi rather than make their own. Come and celebrate the Japanese New Year with the music and dance of Kagami Kai, a San Francisco-based group dedicated to maintaining the Japanese tradition of mochi pounding. Pound your own mochi, and decorate and write a New Year greeting to friends or family.
There are plenty of ways to spend time with family and friends, but have you ever made mochi together? Come on down to the museum for our novel festivity: mochitsuki, or mochi pounding, in which steamed glutinous rice is transformed into delectable soft, chewy cakes.
In Japan, mochi (sticky rice dumpling) is a tasty treat made to commemorate special occasions, most notably the New Year. The museum’s party will be led by Kagami Kai, a San Francisco-based group dedicated to maintaining the Japanese tradition of mochi pounding. To inspire the communal spirit associated with mochitsuki, people of all ages are encouraged to try their hand at swinging the wooden mallets that pound the wet rice paste and afterwards, taste the result of their hard work.
When: Saturday, January 14, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Hands–on activity, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm, Education Classrooms
Where: ASIAN ART MUSEUM
200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102
Admission: FREE with museum admission
Children 12 and under always admitted free!
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