Happy New Year everyone!!! Wow, can’t believe it’s 2013! Wasn’t it just the turn of the century a couple years ago? Regardless, I hope your holidays were filled with much fun, family, and celebration. Plus, hope you got something great for Christmas too!
So here we are, in the first full week of the new year, and I’m already reminiscing about how awesome the holidays were. Despite the unnaturally cold temps this season, I had a great time attending a few X-mas parties, indulging a little too much in all the great food, and hanging out with family and friends. Ah, the holidays…
Oh, in addition to all this, we all survived the end of the (Mayan) world! How cool is that?! Oh, those Mayans – freaking us out just because they ran out of room on their stone calendar tablet. We’re so crazy.
Okay, enough of the jibber-jabber. Here are a few photos from my awesome sauce holidays. The first set is from the Ota family Mochitsuki making day (MMD – I just made it up), and the second set is from our good friends’ the Iketani family’s MMD. Enjoy!
raw mochi before being shaped
And of course, plenty of this
The Iketani clan’s annual Mochitsuki making day , December 29, 2012
Kids mashing the mochi before pounding begins
When all is said and done, regardless of what you believe in, the holidays are here for us to spend time with those closest to us. Hope you guys had a terrific season, and here’s to 2013 – may it continue to bring you joy and happiness with the ones you love.
Huge thanks go out to the Ota and Iketani families for allowing me photograph this traditional event.
Thanks for stopping by. See you next week!