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  • Sup Guys! Tyler Here!

  • And today I got something special for you.

  • I'm gonna go try and do some Mochitsuki.

  • So let's go check it out.

  • Mochitsuki is an important end-of-the-year tradition in which you pound rice into little mochi or rice cakes.

  • Making mochi is actually pretty easy.

  • So apparently before you actually pound the rice into mochi, you're are suppose to eat a little bit of it beforehand.

  • So, I'm going to try some of this mochi rice.

  • Tastes like rice.

  • A type of special sticky rice that's been soaked in water overnight and steamed is placed in an "usu," a large bowl made of wood or stone.

  • Then you use a heavy hammer-like "kine" to pound the rice into a paste.

  • The kine is heavy.

  • So when a family makes mochi together,

  • the father usually does the pounding with the mother regularly shifting the rice in the usu with hands moistened to prevent the mochi from sticking to ensure evenness.

  • The mother then shapes the pounded rice into small portions with the help of the children.

  • It's like a red bean paste soup with mochi inside of it.

  • Kinda wanna try some of the daikon, which is like a Japanese radish and soy sauce and seaweed.

  • I tried the red bean paste and the kinako, which is... I don't know how to explain that, but it's kind of a sweet, nutty kind of taste.

  • The daikon with the nori seaweed and soy-sauce one, I'm really looking forward to.

  • Just kinda put that on the top, I guess.

  • Grab a piece of nori.

  • Pour this on there, I guess?

  • I guess I'm suppose to wrap this around the mochi and kind of eat it like a mochi onigiri.

  • Or I believe that's what I saw someone else doing, so I'm going to try it.

  • I can understand why that's popular.

  • That's really, really good.

  • So, I just got done doing mochitsuki.

  • It was a lot of fun.

  • So, that's it for today's video.

  • If you want to see me do any other kind of events or experiences, please let me know. Until next time.

Sup Guys! Tyler Here!

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