Place: Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church | 3001 24th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144
Time: 10am - 3pm
In many Japanese and Japanese American households and communities, mochitsuki — the pounding of mochi or rice cakes, is an annual custom which is essential to the New Year’s celebration. Mochitsuki is an all-day process which requires many hands, long hours, and at times physical exertion, but is also a time of fellowship and socializing with friends and family.
This year, organizations around Seattle will be collaborating together to provide a fun, educational and community building event. Whether you are an experienced mochi maker or a beginner participating and learning about the process for the very first time everyone is welcome to join us for this fun, free cultural and community event! There will be chances for you to pound mochi with large kine, mallets, along with various childrens' activities and cultural performances. Stay tuned for updates to the event schedule!
All of the mochi made during this process will be rolled into individual bite size pieces and divided amongst the community. Preorders will be on sale until December 25. All proceeds from the mochi preorder sale go toward funding future Seattle Mochitsuki events. Preorder sales have concluded for Seattle Mochitsuki 2012.
Please remember to pick up your order on Saturday, December 29 at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church. If you were unable to preorder, you can still come and enjoy traditional mochi pounding as well as other cultural activities to celebrate the new year with the community!
Seattle Mochitsuki 2012 is Sponsored by:
Seattle Mochitsuki 2012 is a Community Collaboration by:
Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church
Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai
Japan Agricultural Exchange
Nisei Veteran's Committee Foundation
Umaido Japanese Sweets
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington