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Mochi Waffles at School in Tokyo

The principal brought his waffle maker in to school, so when I got to school in the morning, there it was right next to my desk. The principal does this from time to time. For example, on the first day back to work after New Year’s holiday, he brought in ingredients and made a hugeContinue reading “Mochi Waffles at School in Tokyo”

Mochitsuki in Tokyo!

At noon today, there was a mochitsuki on Kyokai-dori, right by Ogikubo Station. Kyokai-dori literally means “Church Street” (although it is simply a nice pedestrian street with many neat shops and restaurants). And, a mochitsuki is the Japanese tradition of pounding steamed rice in a wooden barrel to make mochi. Even though I got thereContinue reading “Mochitsuki in Tokyo!”

New Year’s Food in Japan: Soba and Ozoni

In Japan, it is a tradition to have soba on the night of New Year’s Eve, and then to enjoy a hot bowl of ozoni soup the following morning, on New Year’s Day. In preparation, I went shopping on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, and bought an assortment of vegetables. I also got someContinue reading “New Year’s Food in Japan: Soba and Ozoni”