In many Japanese and Japanese American households and communities, there is an annual custom that is essential to the New Year’s celebration: mochitsuki— the pounding of mochi or rice cakes. Mochitsuki is an all-day process which requires many hands, long hours, and at times physical exertion. It is also a time for socializing with friends and family. The JCCCW collaborates with other community organizations in Seattle and offers a free mochitsuki event to the public so that the entire community can come and share in this uniquely Japanese tradition. Whether you are an experienced mochi maker or a beginner learning about the process for the very first time, everyone is welcome to join the fun for this free community-building event.