"Mochitsuki" is a classical Japanese tradition present at any local
festival. A Japanese custom fundamental to the Japanese character.
It is literally translated as "pounding the mochi". "Mochi" is the paste
obtained from boiling/steaming a particular type of rice (glutinous rice)
and then pounded into a paste of a chewy and soft consistency. It is usually
served with "kinako" a powder obtained from toasted soya beans.
Sugar is usually added when "kinako" is served with "mochi"
Making "mochi" is not a solitary activity, it requires many hands from
boiling the rice, pound and shape the "mochi" paste. So making the "mochi"
is emblematic of bringing the community together to have fun and socialize
in a community project.