I am currently on vacation and will return to reply to comments and provide new content later. Until then, please enjoy an excess of doodles and comics about my daily life in the San’in region. See you in mid January!

Making mochi (sticky pounded rice cakes) is a New Year’s custom, as it is eaten and used for decorations throughout the New Year season. Making it can be a bit of an art form and skilled people can go very fast. I’ve notived it’s more of a December community event than something a single family would do on their own.

Read more about New Year season culinary culture here.