Nikkei Center Mochitsuki 2013 – Vancouver
Mochitsuki! An essential Japanese New Year tradition, y’all!!!
Luckily this isn’t a current events blog! I know New Year’s has already come + gone – but I’m telling all you Vancouverites to go to the Nikkei Center next year for the mochitsuki! Mochi is pounded rice cake that is a custom to eat during the Japanese New Year.
This past year it was held on December 29th at the Nikkei Center – Vancouver’s top destination for Japanese Canadian culture + education. Jeff, Deb + my nephew Matt were all game, so off we went!
Go on time + you’ll get to see the Chibi Taiko group performing!
They are the first children’s taiko ensemble EVER in Canada! Take that!
MC + Nikkei Centre’s board member, Mits Hayashi!!! He is the recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Government for his contribution to the social welfare of the Nikkei (term used for people of Japanese immigrants + their descendents) Community in Canada! How much do you love his suspender style + his slightly disapproving facial expression????
I always want to talk to him, but he’s so busy! I get shy + just obsess over his suspenders.
The cool thing about the mochitsuki at the Nikkei Center is that you can get a ticket + when your number is called, you get a turn at whacking that rice! I didn’t take any pictures of the adult guests this year because they were boring me. But look at the mini mochi pounders! AWWWW!!!!
Jeff insisted on wearing a blazer, vest, button down shirt AND a tie because it was Japanese New Year + therefore a very meaningful occasion. That made me happy. Jeff always respects the Japanese customs that are dear to me.
Afterwards, there was more eating to be done! Outside the center was a Taikyaki stand!!! Yay!!!! Taiyaki is a fish shaped, pancake batter with a sweet red bean filling. I don’t know why it’s fished shaped because it’s sweet. It’s a common Japanese street food. I haven’t had a fresh baked one in ages!!! Here I am looking really preggo + with a bottomless stomach.
Next year, go to the Nikkei Center for the mochitsuki! It’s an awesome Japanese tradition + super family friendly!!! And super yummylicious!!! Hai!!!! Domo!!!