Mochitsuki Workshops at JCCCNC

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California and George Yamada are holding their annual mochitsuki workshops Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29-30, at the JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter St. in Japantown.

Participants will have the opportunity to watch Yamada transform hot cooked rice into mochi and then to make their own mochi balls to take home just in time for the new year.

The fee is $12 for JCCCNC members, $17 for non-members. No charge for children under 5. Thursday shifts are full. Friday shifts are as follows:

Shift 1: 3-3:30 p.m.

Shift 2: 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Shift 3: 4:30-5 p.m.

Shift 4: 5:15- 5:45 p.m.

In 1999, Yamada Seika, a manju-ya in San Francisco Japantown, closed its doors after 36 years of business. The owner not only donated his mochi-making machine to the JCCCNC, but has also shared his talents and the joy of this New Year’s tradition with the community.

For more information and to sign up, call Jennifer Hamamoto at (415) 567-5505.

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