The Old-Fashioned Way

Happy New Year to all of you! We enjoyed a nice holiday, kicking it off with making the mochi  rice cakes the old-fashioned way with a mallet and stone mortar. The rice was steamed over a wood fire in a seiro steamer, then men took turns pounding it with a big wooden mallet called a kine. (KEY-NAY)

Steaming hte Rice outdoors!

Steaming hte Rice outdoors!

 

Pounding the Rice

Pounding the Rice

Hiroo was excited as he hasn’t done this since he was a kid at his Grandma’s house in Saitama! Then we hurried to divide the gelatinous mass of sticky rice into balls, rolling them by hand to shape them. Here you can see they put a sweet bean paste inside some of the mochi. But it is good plain, grilled and served with soy sauce or nori!

Shaping the mochi

Shaping the mochi

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Our friends had prepared so much food! Grilled oysters in the shell, barbecued meat and other delicacies! (Chicken momo taktaki with grated ginger and soy sauce, special kind of sashimi and many other things!)

Roasting oysters!

Roasting oysters!

Hiroo loves oysters and he ate his fill! We really enjoyed it and want to thank our hosts for inviting us!! We had a very good time! I was surprised that Hiroo wasn’t shy but got in the middle of things and made many new friends. ( Especially a pretty young girl who loves Japanese swords!)

Yuki-kun takes a turn

Yuki-kun takes a turn

Soda -kun with Grandpa!

Soda -kun with Grandpa!

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Having fun!

Having fun!

Watch this!!

Thank you all for such a good time!

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ありがとう!

 

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. keiko
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 13:35:12

    今年もブログの更新を楽しみにしています。
    ようやく冬らしい寒さになりました。
    広島では毎日、窓の結露ふきに時間を取られていましたが、鹿児島は結露することもなく窓は快適です。桜島もしばらくおとなしいので、今に大噴火しないかと心配になります。
    春に広島に行きます。先生にお会いしたいと思っています。

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  2. leahmama1
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 02:11:46

    Hi, Keiko! Good to hear from you!!鹿児島は暖かいね!いいね!今あなたのコメントに気付いた!安浦の山小屋にいますから余計寒い!いのししのシチューを今朝作りました。パンも今から焼きあがる!ぜひ春に会いましょう!

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