IRVINE — The Orange Coast Optimist held its annual mochitsuki at Tanaka Farms in Irvine on Dec. 27.
Glenn Tanaka of Tanaka Farms estimated 1,000 enthusiastic mochi-makers attended the morning activities.
Highlighting the morning was the 2015 OCO Mochitsuki Poundoff, “Bring the Community Together.” Organizations competed in the Kagami Contest to bring in the new year and to win the coveted hand-crafted “Poundoff Trophies.”
Suburban Optimist Club made the first-place kagami in the Adult Division with East San Gabriel Valley JACC taking second and third going to the 2015 Nisei Week Court.
Winning the Junior Division was the OCBC JR. YBA team, second was captured by OCBC Sangha Teens, and the Orange Coast Optimist Cub Scouts took home third-place honors.
Photos by RICHARD FUKUHARA