Mochitsuki literally means “pounding mochi”. At MVBT it’s much more than that. It’s the gathering of the Sangha in December to pound over 2000 pounds of sweet glutinous rice into mochi. We pound it in early December in anticipation of the New Year.
We pound by hand and we pound by machine. We form komochi by hand, and then package and distribute the pre-purchased mochi to families and friends. Over the years, it’s not only the mochi pounding that is important. The proof is in the innovation – in 2020, when we were unable to gather because of COVID-19, Mochitsuki moved on-line: Mochitsuki @ Home