Mallets used for pounding the rice into mochi.
Preparing the raw rice for steaming.
Pounding rice the old fashion way is fun...for a while...nowdays we use machines to do the heavy work.
The grown up crew at work.
Vance not understanding that cameras and water don't play well together.
Vance being a bit cautious around flying mallets.
Who said you have to be grown up to make mochi?
We practice equal opportunity rice pounding :)
Mochi being cooled prior to packing.
Not sure if Judy is cooling the mochi or herself...either way she seems to be having alot of fun.
Mochi almost ready to be delivered to waiting customers.
Giving the mochi a little TLC.
Now those are big shamojis (rice paddles)!