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Japanese Cultural Day @ Mt Cootha 
20th-Sep-2009 09:26 pm
A colleague ripped a flyer of Japanese Week activities off a noticeboard to share at the office and my eyes zoomed in on the mochi-making demonstration at the Japanese Cultural Day at Mt Cootha.

Hell yeah!

So into the swelting heat at the crazy midday hours, we go.

Lots of pounding of the steamed rice.

Even the kids get a go at it, though with a smaller kine.

The finished mochi is then handed to the table for rolling in soy sauce.

I've never had savoury mochi and certainly not with soy sauce,
and this one could've done with more pounding to make it smoother,
but I liked it.
Yummy warm freshly made mochi! \(^_^)/

And yes, I pulled out our box of squirrelled-away clothes to wear my yukata.

But I still felt severely underdressed with all the gorgeous ladies in kimonos.
20th-Sep-2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, you look so cute. :P I was sorry that I had to miss out on checking this out. It's very annoying when there is just so many events on the same day and I can only pick one. It looks like you had fun though...
21st-Sep-2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! I must admit that yukata hasn't seen the light of day since I moved to Brisbane, so it was fun to dig it out, struggle with the obi tying and wander the Japanese gardens.

But how did Gencon go?
21st-Sep-2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Was great. The set up was a lot better this year, with a lot more room for the gaming, and the stalls were better set up too. Plus, we got to hear Robert Picardo speak (who was very interesting). I am looking forward to going again next year.
20th-Sep-2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I wanted to go to this wearing my kimonoT______________T
21st-Sep-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
You would've fit in perfectly in a kimono (I must've been the only one there in a yukata - everyone else were in full kimono mode: tabi socks and all), but transport to Mt Cootha can be a bitch.

There'll be a next time and hopefully it won't be in the stinking heat of midday.
21st-Sep-2009 01:11 am (UTC)
I was a bit worried I would turn up and be the only one, but I know for next time! I hope there will be something before next year though, because my kimonos are just sitting in a box unused nowT_T
21st-Sep-2009 01:59 am (UTC)
There are some autumn Japanese festivals in October/November, but they're more regional events.

Next event I'll be celebrating is the Mooncake Festival, but that's Chinese - nevertheless any excuse for sparklers...
21st-Sep-2009 03:39 am (UTC)
You look cute. ^_^
21st-Sep-2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! It took me awhile to get the obi on and it still looked messy. (^_^;;)
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