As a child, I did not like mochi. I remember my grandmother offering me one of her treats, and my young eyes saw the dark brown filling (red bean is a surprise when you are expecting chocolate!) and the white powder sprinkled on top (flour is a surprise when you are expecting icing sugar!) and took a large excited bite, only to get a bit surprise.
As I explored my taiko journey, I was reacquainted with mochi, in the form of mochi ice cream at a California taiko Intensive. I discovered that some taiko groups play taiko rhythms during the mochi pounding to help keep time, and add to the festive atmosphere.
The Mochi party at the Calgary Japanese Community Association is an annual event, and this year some of my MRU students brought drums and we played some taiko for the mochi pounding. It was a busy day, lots of sticky mochi, and lots of fun!