Facebook, when not being creepy about placing ads in my feed as soon as I think that I might want a certain product from Amazon, has its uses. The Mochitsuki festival in Pasadena happened to show up in my suggested events and I decided to check it out with some friends. After a whirlwind morning of church and realizing that I forgot my SD card (and the case containing my spares) at home, I ran to Best Buy to pick one up and continue on my little crazy day of shooting and events.
My friends and I got to see people pounding mochi the traditional way as well as some mochi making machines. But my favorite part was being able to sample all of the different types of mochi at the event, we had stuffed mochi with anko fillings, plain mochi we got to add sweet or savory condiments to, mochi waffles, and my favorite, grilled/fried mochi with a sweetly savory soy sauce.
The event was pretty small and was held in the back lot of a Japanese American church but it felt really nice and intimate. Not to mention I got to snap some really dope photos as well.
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