Mochi – Rice Cakes

In Ise, one may have noticed a vibrant “mochi culture” as the shopping street leading to the Grand Shrine of Ise is lined with many traditional Japanese sweets shops. In fact, Ise is often associated with “mochi” as the congregation of shrines in the area implied that rice, the main ingredient of mochi, could be obtained freely from feudal domains during the Tokugawa period. Since then, various types of mochi are prepared and sold as a light snack for people who visit the shrine.

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