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11 June 2005 @ 11:32 pm
Picture taking, mochi-pounding - what a morning!  
What a culture filled morning I had today! I ended up going to the Pan-Pacific Festival to try to photograph some of the exhibits at Kapiolani Park. At first I was a little apprehensive about going because it was so far away and I knew the parking situation would be horrendous, but I ended up being very glad that I went. Not only did I meet some VERY interesting people, but I learned so much more about my own culture. :)

The highlight of the morning was definitely the mochi-pounding demonstration - which is a Japanese ritual in which sweet rice is pounded into a sticky rice cake dessert. (While I was googling the term "mochi-pounding" I ran into this article about the actual group that was there doing the demonstration this morning - they were great!) It was really interesting to see the process since no one actually "pounds" mochi anymore (they have machines that do it automatically.) Throughout the demonstration, they asked by-standers if they wanted to try their hand at pounding. They asked me, but unfortunately I have the WORST eye/hand coordination imaginable and it would've been VERY dangerous for the person mixing and turning the mochi if I had control of that mallet! ;) For the sake of their fingers, they should be very glad that I didn't try it! :)

After the first couple of demonstrations, they passed around a tray of the finished product for the audience to sample. It was delicious! I love mochi to begin with, but getting to eat it warm and freshly pounded was a real treat! :) I'm really glad that I went - it's a part of my culture that I've never really had the chance to experience.

Tomorrow Mark, Sydney & I are meeting Susan, Fredrick, and Toby-dog for Petwalk - which is the annual fundraising walk for our local Humane Society. Mark & I used to help out with the event every year when we were volunteers for the Humane Society, but a few years ago we stopped volunteering and began actually participating in the event instead. It's always so much fun to see all the pets there with their owners and it's an event that we try not to miss each year. I'm bringing my camera along and hopefully I'll be able to get some pictures while I'm there. :)

I'd better get to sleep if I'm going to wake up at 5am (yikes!) tomorrow morning to make it in time for the walk. Hope you all have a nice evening. :)
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Current Music: "There Won't Be Trumpets" - Anyone Can Whistle
Kananigirlkananigirl on June 12th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
Speaking of mochi, I just went to Longs and they had mochi from Nisshodo. I just had to get some. *L*

My family pounds mochi every year. I've never done the pounding, just everything else.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 13th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
Oh how great that your family still pounds mochi! My grandmother makes mochi every New Year's, but she uses a machine. When my grandfather was still alive, my family used to pound mochi too, though. :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on June 13th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
I guess it's a tradition that my family wants to pass down. I remember getting up at 5 a.m. to go down to Waialua to help make mochi. *L*
kenna_clairkenna_clair on June 12th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful weekend! You have to post some of the pictures you took from the festival and the petwalk.

My neighbor has an indoor cat (declawed) who loves being outside - so he's taken to "walking" him on a lease. So funny to see it. I was wondering if there was anyone walking their cat at the petwalk?
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 13th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
I'll definitely try to post some of the photos that I took this weekend. :) I took mostly B&W photos and I have to take them into town to process them so it may take a little while for me to get them back. :P

There was one cat at Petwalk that was walking on its owner's shoulders, not on a leash. I've never seen a cat walk on a leash before - that's pretty interesting! We did see a rabbit walk on a leash at Petwalk, though - it was so big that I think it scared poor Sydney! ;)
the girl who's a goddessvsprtn on June 12th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
OMG, fresh mochi?! You're so lucky.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 13th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
It was SO delicious! Nothing beats freshly pounded mochi with kinako & sugar. :D
karmastyxkarmastyx on June 12th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see pics from the petwalk. It sounds like you had a nice day at the festival too. BTW I like your new layout.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 13th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, Laura! I think you're the only person who noticed the new layout. :) I got really tired of the old one, but I had to use the same color scheme. ;)

And I'll definitely post some pictures of Petwalk when I get them back from the lab. I'm SO not used to having to wait for them to get processed... I got too spoiled with my digital camera. ;)
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on June 12th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you had a nice day at the festival. :) I never ate mochi but from what I've read I'm sure I would like it.

5 a.m. sounds really early to me - I still slept at the time today morning. :) I hope you all have fun at the walk. And yes, I also would like to see pictures. :)

Have a wonderful Sunday, Sheri. Big *hugs* to you
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 13th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
Mochi is so delicious! I'm addicted to it and there's nothing better than eating it fresh! :D

I'll be sure to try to post some photos that I took at Petwalk when I get them back from the lab. I did take a few snapshots of Sydney with my digital that I posted, but the real photos will have to come later. :)

Hope you had a nice weekend, Sabine! Big *HUGS* to you!
karen: raul hairwakedistracted on June 12th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see the pictures from the walk! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 13th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll be sure to post them, along with some that I took at the festival when I get them back from the lab. :) I've been so spoiled with my digital that waiting for them to get processed feels like forever! ;)
I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on June 12th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh that festival sounds like a good time! :) Hope you had fun at Petwalk! Isnt that what you did last year, that Sydney got a massage afterward? I swear I remember that. I cant wait to see pictures!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 13th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
It was so much fun and Petwalk wass a lot of fun too! :D

And you have a great memory, Angie! We took Sydney to get a massage last year, but it was after Petwalk (we missed Petwalk last year because we were in NYC) :( I can't believe you remembered the massage post I wrote! :D