Mochi Tsuki 2019
30th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for this free annual community event!
Date: Saturday, January 5th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Woodward Middle School (new venue!)
9125 Sportsman Club Road NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
What started as a local family tradition in the 1970's has turned into a beloved Bainbridge Island community celebration. The community event began at the Island Center Hall, moved to the Filipino Hall, and for the last 15 years has been hosted at IslandWood. In celebration of our 30th Anniversary we welcome all guests to our new, larger venue—Woodward Middle School. With our expanded capacity there will no lines, no tickets required to attend either the event or the Seattle Kokon Taiko performances, which will be held at 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. Guests of all ages will enjoy hands-on traditional mochi making (and eating!) and learning about the culture and history of the Japanese American Community on Bainbridge Island.
Mochi Tsuki is 100% funded by the community. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Experience Seattle Kokon Taiko
Once again Seattle Kokon Taiko will grace the stage at Mochi Tsuki.
Taiko, the Japanese art of drumming, is a dynamic synthesis of rhythm, movement and spirit originating in Japan and evolving as a folk art over the last several hundred years. Seattle Kokon Taiko aspires to combine the ancient with the modern in a repertoire of both traditional pieces and contemporary compositions.
Don't miss the Taiko performances at 12 noon and 2 p.m.
All are welcome and admission is free.
Photos courtesy of Jim Reitz
Make Mochi the Traditional Way
Mochi tsuki is an annual New Year's tradition in many Japanese households and communities. Special mochi rice is soaked overnight, steamed and cooked, and then pounded into a smooth, sticky paste using an usu (large bowl) and kine (wooden mallet). Each year we roll out the solid granite usu and wood mallets that are hand-made by Mike Okano, a member of one of the original families who started the tradition on the island. Get an up-close look as we steam upwards of 200 pounds of rice in batches over an open fire. Then, try your hand at pounding the rice under the watchful eye of master mochi-maker Shoichi Sugiyama. Children and adults can try their hand at forming the mochi cakes that are then eaten plain, filled with red bean paste, or dipped in soy sauce and sugar.
Are you walking onto the ferry? Plan in advance and catch a $2 ride on Kitsap Transit: http://www.kitsaptransit.com/service/routed-buses/bi-ride
From WA-305 S: Turn right on Sportsman Club Rd NE, Woodward Middle School will be on your right
From WA-305 N (Ferry Terminal): In 1.5 mi turn left onto Madison Ave N. In .1 mi turn rt onto NE New Brooklyn Rd. In .4 mi turn rt onto Sportsman Club Road. Woodward Middle School will be on your left.
There will be ample parking at Woodward Middle School and adjacent Sakai Intermediate School. Follow the signs on Sportsman Club Road for directions to guest and handicapped parking.
Made Possible by Our Generous Sponsors
The 30th Anniversary Mochi Tsuki Celebration is supported by the City of Bainbridge Island's Cultural Funding Grant
Thank you to the Nakata Family and Town & Country Markets for 30 Years of generosity
Thank you to our friends at Ace Hardware for their support
635 High School Rd NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Thank You to Our Partners
Thank you to BISD and the facilities staff of Woodward Middle School for help making our event possible
Our deep appreciation to the staff and founders of IslandWood for 15 years of community partnership
Our Talented Makers
Dennis Faust, Wheel of Fortune
Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Graphics
The Nakatas, Metal Fabrication
Julie Schick, T-Shirt Design
T&C Marketing Dept, Signage