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Day 337 – Mochi

It was mochi day at school today. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made by pounding rice until it’s a big gooey pasty ball and then separating it into smaller pieces. Definitely not the you’re of rice cake we’re used to America. The parents came to school and we spent the whole morning pounding rice into submission with big wooden mallets. And then eating the product of our labor. The kids even got to take a turn at it, but only after it was almost finished. They had a great time. It would have been a nice way to pass the day if it hasn’t been so cold.

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That’s rice still in rice stage. We’ve started to mash it all together, but you can still see the individual grains of rice. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the pasty ball when we were done with it. They generally whisk that away to be portioned out pretty quickly.

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A garbage can filled with water and wooden mallets. The heads of the mallets need to stay wet to keep the rice from sticking.

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That’s me and the other two English teachers ready to pound the rice into a gooey, sticky, pasty ball. Bandanas and aprons are a must. In the early stages globs if rice fly everywhere. I was picking dried rice off my bandana at the end of the day. Better to be picking it off the bandana than my hair!

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And finished! Brandon isn’t a fan of mochi, but I kind of like it. I guess it probably helps that I don’t eat it very often.

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