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Similar to Southerners eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck, the Japanese culture enjoys a tasty rice cake called mochi to celebrate the start of a new year. Traditionally prepared as a New Year’s decoration, kagami mochi consists of two round cakes, one stacked on the other, said to each symbolize the going and coming years. Mochi is a sticky, chewy and sweet treat, due to the way the glutinous rice flour is pounded into a paste mixed with water. Broaded your cultural horizons as 2016 approaches by sampling this tasty treat.

Sun, Dec. 27, from 11 am-3 pm • $4-$8 per item • Spokane Buddhist Temple • 927 S. Perry • • 534-7954

— Chey Scott

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