In the past, it was very common for Japanese families to come together to MOCHI (rice ball), which is punched in the wooden pestle on the eve of Ano Novo or also on festive occasions.
Even today, some families maintain this tradition. The rice used in Moti is not the common rice to make rice, it is a special rice, harder.
The Moti is made from a Japanese pylon (kine- 杵), that is, a pylon (ussu), with the help of a wooden hammer (tsuchi).
Being a task for two people:
- One person knocks while another squirts a little water in the intervals between the beats, this is done to the rice does not stick to the stick or the pestle.
- Beat several times until the rice is in the right spot, a smooth, firm mass.
This traditional method usually brings together many people around the pylon and each one hits a few times, symbolizing the joining forces and the human effort to have good luck in the coming year.
Also at the end of the year the KAGAMI MOCHI, which is a traditional Japanese decoration made of Mochi to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. Kagami Mochi is traditionally used on 28 from December until January 11.