Eat Namako Mochi on New Year’s Eve at Hakozaki Shrine

START: Dec 31, 2022 END: Dec 31, 2022

Visit Hakozaki Shrine on Dec. 31 to see one of Japan’s New Year traditions, the mochitsuki. Mochitsuki is when rice is pounded to make mochi (rice cakes). The mochi at this festival are in the shape of namako (sea cucumbers). The namako mochi are traditional and were first made after a fisherman from Hakozaki, due to lack of time, brought a sea cucumber instead of a rice cake to the birth celebrations of Emperor Ojin one New Year’s Eve. Ever since, fishermen from Hakozaki assemble at Hakozaki Shrine every New Year to pound mochi flour together.

Eat Namako Mochi on New Year’s Eve at Hakozaki Shrine, 筥崎宮のなまこ餅つき

• 12/31 (Sat.)
• Start: 19:00~
• Hakozaki Shrine
1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka

Published: Nov 28, 2022 / Last Updated: Nov 28, 2022

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