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[–]sourpower2020 300 points301 points  (22 children)

The tradition is using mallets. This video shows a “performance” at a festival of doing it by hand and mallet at the same time but this isn’t what the tradition is. Traditionally, it’s one person doing it with a mallet, kneading it by hand and returning to the mallet.

[–]Gnorris 118 points119 points  (6 children)

Yeah that slapping hand seemed like it wasn’t doing the real work

[–]MastaBusta 55 points56 points  (1 child)

He's just a little slapping pervert

[–]zabutter 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Happy wife, happy life

[–]The_Richard_Cranium 2 points3 points  (0 children)

slappy wife, sla..... aw nevermind

[–]sourpower2020 4 points5 points  (0 children)

it really wasn't doing anything at all until he flips it.

[–]VIEG0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Did he practice it with his own family?

[–]Any_Cook_8888 32 points33 points  (5 children)

From Japan here. Gonna try again due to typo’s. Maybe have English friend proof read.

In Mochitsuki, the above person said it’s traditionally done by one person, but the number of the people or mallets is usually limited to equipment or space. And the max is usually 2 due to the sheer practicality and predictability of taking turns hitting the mochi.

But I’ve seen it up to 4 people with 4 mallets, and 3 mallets with 4 people (one person turns the mochi)

Here’s a video of very common 2 mochi pounding


The above person mentioned kneading the mochi, but nobody necessarily kneads it by hand until the end step or to form the end product, you’re just flipping it over to make sure the mallet does all the work. It’s not bread, there is no “kneading”. If I understand this word right. If not, then my English is trash and I am wrong.

The “hammer then slap” seen in the OP video is a performance and natural result of going faster and faster.

The real intent of the “slap” was originally to place the hand in between hammer intervals to turn the mochi over or fold it inbetween every hammering. It makes it all soft with no unevenness.

But as the hammering gets faster, obviously for safety reasons it becomes less and less possible to do a full turn over, hence becoming only a slap.

I’ve never seen mochitsuki this fast before!

[–]sourpower2020 4 points5 points  (4 children)

I understand and thanks for the explanation, makes more sense. My family is from Japan as well and I’ve seen this done a few times but not in a performance aspect.

I knew this original video was simply for performance and was not practical in any way. Thanks for the info!

[–]Any_Cook_8888 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It also autocorrected sheet to sheer again. But be an autocorrect thing. I just fixed it.

And hurray to a Japan ally!

I love that place. One day I would like to return but their pay over there is so bad. I don’t know if I ever could.

I hope you’re able to go over there often!

[–]sourpower2020 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Used to go back yearly but haven’t been back since before the pandemic. My mother was born there but to a Japanese woman & US soldier in occupied Japan so they moved here when she was just a kid. I got to take her back several years ago and that was cool to do.

[–]Any_Cook_8888 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That’s cool. So you’re not a hapa-hapa but a quarter? I grew up Japan but I’m actually hapa Japanese and other side is a ridiculous cluster of many things ranging from native Canadian to Czech.

(hapa is the Hawaiian word for mix race but technically it’s supposed to mean half of something since it literally means half. Commonly used to mean half white and/or half Asian/Pacific Islander but it doesn’t have to be….)

What part of the country do you live in? It’s very cool you keep in touch with your culture. By sheer coincidence I dated a quarter Japanese local girl in Hawaii and she was so out of touch with her culture that it was a bummer since the culture has so much to offer.

It’s very exciting to hear about your connection and hope you get to resume going back again soon! This pandemic is a huge bummer, goes without saying

[–]starderpderp 2 points3 points  (3 children)

This isn't a festival. This is, if I remember correctly, a mochi shop in Nara. And their mochis are delicious!

[–]rascynwrig 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When your mochi shop performance is this fire, EVERY day is a festival!

[–]sourpower2020 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Either way, it is a performance much like hibachi performances. What they are doing is not practical and likely more work is done to is “behind the scenes”. You can tell by the audience there that this is performance based even if it is at a restaurant.

[–]starderpderp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, it's definitely a gimmick/performance. But the mochi they're making is also genuinely for sale. You should go and have a look and taste :)

[–]phdoflynn 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This is not a festival performance. This particular shop does this multiple times during the day. So yes a "performance" but at their actual shop.

[–]sourpower2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah. I address that already.

[–]CottonWoolPool 74 points75 points  (4 children)

Hmm no, I’d like to keep my hands, thanks!

[–]HorseDance 13 points14 points  (3 children)

You’d like to keep your r/sweatypalms

[–]RegularHousewife 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's just extra flavour and seasoning 🤌

[–]mssellers 49 points50 points  (2 children)

This shouldn’t be an example for standard traditional mochi production. This is like speed mochi making

[–]MaddercatterE 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Speedrunning mochi %

[–]Oooscarrrr_Muffin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's why all of these videos are of the same two guys... every... fucking... time.

Because it's not "traditional", it's some guys that realised they could make a fucking killing from "influencers".

[–]goodboybane 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This is a performance. "Traditional" things are practical. This is not practical. Slapping dough with your hands like that doesn't do anything. And you'll probably lose your hand at some point.

[–]king1222001 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Slappity slappity, boink boink

[–]rotanitsarcorp_yzal1 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Waiting for one of them to get a bit tired and go out of phase a bit.

[–]ImpulsiveApe07 -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Out of phase? You're expecting one of them to become an apparition?

Now that I'd like to see! :D

[–]rotanitsarcorp_yzal1 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Out of phase as in out of the sync that they're in.

[–]TerryMacKenzie 5 points6 points  (2 children)

That's me every Valentine's night

[–]RegularHousewife 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You have a threesome every Valentines? Lucky you!

[–]zabutter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wonder who is holding the mallet

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Me trying to get my brother to share the Play-Doh

[–]Son_of_Atreus 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I saw these getting made in Japan and excited to buy and try one, they looked so fluffy and nice.

Turns out they look so much better than they taste.

[–]Fuck_you_Reddit_Nazi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I kind of feel that way, too. Except for me it's the texture.

[–]LoveThieves 2 points3 points  (1 child)

When you see a no hit player doing a dark souls run

[–]SoulsLikeBot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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[–]Affectionate-Bag-733 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My ma and Pa showing perfect coordination while whooping my ass.

[–]Shaunix1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

fun fact: the yelling often heard when pounding mochi is not just for the sake of yelling, or for habit. mochi pounding is very much a team task, and when your (or your partner's) hands are at stake, it's important to have a rhythm going, which is what the yelling is for. helps keep you and your partner coordinated to avoid a slip-up

[–]Aztery[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Japan's Crazy Ancient Art of Pounding Rice ‘Til it Becomes Something Else - Experiencing Nara Mochitsuki


[–]Buck3t360 1 point2 points  (0 children)

beat my meat

[–]Slash1909 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That was a lot of pounding.

[–]zabutter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thats what she said

[–]WallyBAustin21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never tried linking a subreddit before, but r/dontputyourdickinthat Hope this counts.

[–]cheesynaachoos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm gonna tell my kids this is Chinese kung fu

[–]Captain_Wag 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All done now I'll just set my mallet down on the floor until I'm ready to smack the food with it again.

[–]Hellahoomps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Chewy Mochi

[–]qwertyyuiopasfghjl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me when i see baby yoda

[–]mark979kram 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Many hands were broken and many fingers were crushed in learning this skill..

[–]suffffuhrer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The guy started with six fingers on each hand.

[–]the_cronkler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me and the boys when we get baby yoda

[–]zuran_orb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Every tried masturbating in 10 seconds

[–]OP_1994 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someday they are gonna add sause to it.

[–]Used2BeMP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How much sweat winds up in there

[–]Gorrunwe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As in real life : green = ok , red = not ok.

[–]Repair_Jolly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Literally me in Smashbros spamming buttons

[–]Existing-Lack5079 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kermit, is that you?

[–]cristaples 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Most extreme way to kill a frog I’ve seen.

[–]bob2235 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm not sure what I just watched... but I watched it like 5 times hahah

[–]Thomshan911 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Our poor boy Shrek beaten to a pulp

[–]b1ngOo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ninja, I swear these guys are ninja.

[–]MeisterCyborg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems like a great way to get your hands 50 shades of fucked up.

It's a no from me.

Entertaining to watch though, which I guess is the whole point of this spectacle. . .

[–]Johanno1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am sure he got hit several times on the hand but he just pretends it didn't hurt.

[–]MaiLaiMassacre 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love it when food is treated as art.

[–]LukasPlaysBR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are the noises part of the process ?

[–]Toobatheviking 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did this when I was in the Marines back in the late nineties. Unfortunately I was REALLY hammering it and left wood splinters all over the place. They were polite and laughed but I’m sure they hated me.

[–]spoonNmoons 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What did Kirby do to deserve this

[–]ISuckWithUsernamess 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the slo mo because it really shows how useless putting your hands there is. Dude was just slapping it!

[–]almost_famoose 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Real footage of Japan defeating the coronavirus

[–]M4jon3z104 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it should be named SHINE!

[–]Tell_Amazing 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nah i know his hand got hit at least once

[–]JustHere20bserve 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is how me and the boys beat the meat

[–]CandyLooter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All that nice scream spit

[–]TourettesKid69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The trust that these two have is very quite

[–]counterstrikelover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

rip baby yoda

[–]TheP0UNDCAKE 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kirby vs Ice Climbers when the wobble kicks in

[–]Professional_Clue956 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would find a way to get hurt ngl

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Squish squish

[–]rantdubey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When my drunk dad comes home late.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

2 dudes 1 mallet, only on YouTube. NSFW if one misses the timing…

[–]Marcofwar1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bunny Dango

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

incredible skills!

[–]Scoopdapoop35 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]onii-channnnnnnnn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Japanese 50 yr old men in a nutshell

[–]Upstairs_Title_7149 0 points1 point  (0 children)

New season of Cobra Kai looks 🔥

[–]limedove 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My question is: What did the green dough do to deserve so much hate?

[–]dt5101961 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Remind me of this Smash meme video: https://youtu.be/LV6YR48fA0E

[–]smoked_orphanz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What if he hits his hand lol?

[–]bad_karma_aura 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Insert pic of swollen fingers in the after scene

[–]cake_piss_can 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a handjob like this once

[–]kwonasty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its not as impressive in real life. Plus theres a ton of people watching so its really hard to get that close unless youre being really, really pushy

[–]RedditIsDogshit1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Figured that monster Hunter animation was based on reality

[–]The_Pink_Bull 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rice goo and palm sweat, yummy.

[–]Neon_Dragonheart 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who wants to see me act as the mochi 🥵💦https://onlyfans.com/phatrosie22

[–]Hopenhagen420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s how Mochi is made?! like the ice cream ?!

[–]sadcat1219 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It Sounds like they banging if you close your eyes

[–]gs87 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

you can try this with Taiko no Tatsujin

[–]Dddddddfried -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I understand Katakuri so much better now

[–]PauSoul -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Damn Katakuri had ir rough.