Update: 2012 Mochitsuki HERE!
Portland’s 15th annual Mochitsuki takes place Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Scottish Rite Center (1512 SW Morrison), from 11am until 4pm.
Welcoming the New Year is the major celebration in the Japanese community: a time of special foods rich with symbolic meaning and gathering with family and friends. Mochi is a sticky rice cake that symbolizes starting the New Year with a full belly in hopes of abundance in the year ahead. Visitors to Mochitsuki 2011 will see steamed rice pounded into mochi with huge mallets and taste samples made from the humming electric machines popular in Japan today.
Three stages will feature everything from classical Japanese dance to hip hop and J-pop.
Food and drink options include bento, sushi, Hawaiian fare, green tea, sake, and more!
Advance tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and students (with ID), and $3 for kids 2-12. (Visit the website for advance ticket purchase options).
At the door admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids.
ʻAukai Laʻamaikahiki says
Aloha, Just wanted to make a note that this event is scheduled for Sunday, January 29 instead of the 30th. We’ll be there on Sunday. MAHALO!
Good morning ʻAukai Laʻamaikahiki! This post is for last year’s event . . . I’ll add an update at the top for this year’s post. Aloha!