The Mochi culture of Japan and the eternal landscape of the Land of Gold
Regional ：Ichinoseki - Hiraizumi / Iwate
The Japanese food culture featuring mochi (rice cakes) dates back 400 years to the Hansei period when the Date-han started offering mochi to the gods every month in prayer for peace and health. Nowadays, the practice of making and eating mochi on important days during life and at the end of seasons, including important family ceremonies and on New Year's Day, is still going on as “hare-no-shoku” which means Japanese celebratory cuisine. Even in Japan, Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi is one of the few rare areas where you can experience the traditional food rituals.