This week started off with a bang, of experiencing making mochi, a new years tradition in Japan. Here are some photos.
Wiki-How, says, "Mochi is a type of Japanese rice cake. Very chewy and sweet, it takes some effort to make, but it is worth the effort and indeed, making mochi is both an art form and a tradition. It is often referred to as "o-mochi", an honorific added to show that this is considered a sacred food. Mochi is an indispensable part of New Year celebrations in Japan."
While making o-mochi, an older member of the church pointed out to us some references in the Old Testament where, in the Japanese translation of the bible, rice cake, is rendered as mochi.
I is quite typical when you take pictures of people in Japan, for them to put their hands into the "V" sign, which is shown here in statue.
Giraffe's are always cool.