Jump right into the tradition of making Japanese mochi in a Buddhist temple setting. We’ll show you how to wash rice and how to use both traditional and modern methods (mochi machine) to cook mochi. Along the way, we’ll share the history and traditions associated with mochi-making. At the end of this experience, we’ll shape the mochi with our own hands and try out different toppings. This will include making azuki (red) bean topping in a pressure cooker. You’ll take home recipes and your own homemade mochi.
We’ll conduct our event at our city temple, Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji, which is located in the historic Chinatown-ID neighborhood.
Hi. I'm Kanjin, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.
I'm the head Buddhist priest and founder of Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. At the age of 18, I began studying Buddhism and eventually became a priest of the Nichiren Shu tradition.
Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple is a nonprofit organization with ties to the Nichiren Shu tradition, based in Japan. Our mission is to help our community by supporting people to realize their full potential and spiritual capability.
For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.
- We recommend wearing clothes that you don't mind get mochiko (rice flour) and bringing an apron and slippers. Don't worry the flour will wash out.
- We don't wear shoes in the temple, so please bring slippers if your feet get cold easily.
There are 8 spots available on this experience.
Guests ages 5 and up can attend.
This event is appropriate for ages 5 and up with parents.
Consider taking public transportation. We are one block away from the Chinatown station. Street parking is limited.
Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty with rice flour.
Bring an apron and slippers. We don't wear shoes in the temple, so please bring slippers if your feet get cold easily.
- Apron to cover clothes during mochi preparation.
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.
Fresh mochi and toppings.