cooking rice for ricecakes
Japanese New Year preparation:
making 'mochi' (ricecakes).
In Japan, the New Year celebrations are the most important of the year. Before the festivities start, some preparations have to be made. One of them is making ricecakes (mochi).
Of course you can buy them in the supermarket, or cook rice in the ricecooker, and then use the mochi-machine. But the old fashioned way is more fun, although it requires some skills.