Bainbridge Island Review


Making more mochi proves popular at IslandWood

Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
January 6, 2014 · 3:50 PM

Andrew Wozniak takes a turn at pounding the steamed rice with a large wooden mallet, as Shoichi Sugiyama quickly turns the mochi between strikes, as part of the 25th annual Bainbridge Island mochi tsuki New Year's event Sunday, Jan. 3. Wozniak said his main concern was not the physical aspect of the activity, but instead that he might accidentally strike Sugiyama's hand. / Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

The 25th annual Bainbridge Island Japanese American community traditional mochi tsuki New Year's event was held Sunday, Jan. 5 at IslandWood.

The nation's largest and one of the longest running public mochi tsuki events in the country, the beloved community tradition continues to grow in attendance and saw more than 1,000 visitors this year in the first hour alone, according to even coordinator Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association.

For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi has been a celebrated New Year's tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to each other good health and prosperity in for the comingĀ  year.

Review photographer Luciano Marano presents here some of his favorite shots of the day, including a special appearance by Congressman Derek Kilmer.

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