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Old Dec 9, 2008, 5:39 PM   #1
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Every Japanese home, well almost every one, will proudly display a decorated Mochi with a citrus fruit to celebrate the New Year. In olden days the family would have to pound their own cooked rice to form the rounded mochi balls.

With the invention of electric rice pounders, that is rapdily becoming obsolete. In fact the supermarkets will have pre-made Mochi all packaged with little plastic tangerines.



The store displays are quite attractive in their own right if you forget about the centuries of tradition encapsulated in this New Year food.



Incidentally, these photos were taken with a Motorola Razr 1.3 Megapixel cell phone camera.
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Old Dec 9, 2008, 7:19 PM   #2
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When I was a kid my mother used to pound the laundry on a scrub board. Ribbed roughened glass with a wooden frame. Then the clothes went into a washing machine. They went round and round and when finished were put through the ringer on the top of the machine to get the water out. Then they were hung on the line outside. They always came in smelling fresh. Things are a bit different now. My point is progress, progress, progress. Even if the final result isnt quite the same. Im sure your home made pounded rice balls (Mochi) were better tasting than the store bought ones. By the way I never thought you could get that good a shot from a cellphone. hahaha more progress for ya.
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Old Dec 10, 2008, 7:25 AM   #3
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Great photos. A very interesting tradition - I learned something new.
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Not bad for a cell phone!!! Thanks for the interesting explanation.

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One reason I like these forums. You learn something new every day. Great images for a cell phone.

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One reason I like these forums. You learn something new every day. Great images for a cell phone.

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I learned something also.

I enjoyed the pictures and the interesting bit of history that went along with them.

Thank you.

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Old Dec 11, 2008, 3:26 PM   #7
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Always a pleasure to hear of yoru traditions, selvin. nice job with that camera phone!
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