mochitsuki dance

Mochi, sticky sweet rice, is a popular treat over the New Year’s period. Mochitsuki is the process of making the mochi; pounding the rice rice into a glutinous mush. It is generally translated as “rice cake making”. The process is so laborious that it became common for families, even communities,Read More →

Seven Lucky Gods Yono

A pilgrimage for New Years: the Procession of the Seven Lucky Gods, or the Seven Gods of Fortune, Yono, Saitama City. Information for the parade as well as the limited edition Seven Lucky God stamps. The Seven ‘Fukujin’ Lucky Gods are Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Jurojin, Hotei, Fukurokuju and Kichijoten.Read More →