Making Mochi by Hand Is a Fury of Yelling and Pounding

Watch Japanese rice cakes made the old fashioned way.

Mochi making at real speeds

Mochi, a traditional Japanese rice cake, has been a mainstay of Japanese culture for thousands of years. Their association with New Year celebrations  as The Tale of Genji, the first novel in history.

It turns out that making mochi involves a lot of slapping, yelling, and pounding with a mallet. It's pretty delightful to watch:

These days, mochi pounding (or mochitsuki) is mostly ceremonial. Electronic mochi makers are as rice cookers. The Nara Prefecture in southern Japan is the traditional home to mochitsuki masters, but if you can't get there, you can slap your rice cooker very quickly at home for similar results. 

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