Today in class the students gathered to experience the traditional Japanese art of mochi pounding.
Clad in vibrant happi coats, they embraced the festive spirit of a matsuri, forging a connection with centuries-old customs.
The rhythmic pounding of steamed glutinous rice proved challenging yet immensely enjoyable, creating a tangible bond between past and present.
After their labor, the students indulged in the fruits of their efforts, savoring freshly pounded mochi with a choice of classic pairings—soy sauce and nori for a savory kick or sweet delights like anko and kinako.
This hands-on encounter not only celebrated their culinary heritage but also fostered a sense of unity and appreciation for cultural traditions among the young participants.
Such a sweet smashing success.