Mochi Tsuki is Back!
For more than 30 years the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community has hosted Mochi Tsuki, a celebration to ring in the New Year. After a two year hiatus due to COVID, we will again be welcoming the public to celebrate by making mochi in the traditional way–steaming sweet rice over an open fire, followed by pounding the rice by hand with traditional, handcrafted cherry wood mallets (kine) in a granite bowl (usu). Visitors can get in on the action by trying their hands at pounding the mochi, forming it into cakes by hand, and eating it while it’s still warm and sticky!
Once again, we are privileged to host Seattle Kokon Taiko for two shows. Each show will seat a maximum of 700 guests, so please grab a free ticket to reserve your spot when you arrive. And, this year for the first time we will host an obon dance workshop. Be sure and visit our dancers and learn about this traditional festival dance.
DATE: Saturday, January 7, 2023
LOCATION: Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Rd, Bainbridge Island
TIME: 11am – 3pm
SEATTLE KOKON TAIKO PERFORMANCES: Noon and 2 pm
OBON DANCE: 1-1:30pm
POINT OF DEPARTURE: Public premier of this short documentary, selected for the 12th annual Films of Remembrance film festival in San Francisco, February 25th, 2023
COST: Free, donations welcome