Friday, May 16, 2008
day 139 - round pound
"Usu and kine." Shinzaike, Himeji.
The Japanese mortar and pestle traditionally used for making mochi, the very smooth and sticky rice paste used in many Japanese sweets. (See day 28.) When we watched, two men, each with a kine (mallet) alternated and chanted to keep time while a woman put her hands in the usu from time to time to turn the ball of rice. They must have had a bit of practice - we didn't witness any injuries!