Paul’s Blog

December 6, 2019

Another Kanazawa tradition: Koro Koro mochi.


This pounded and shaped rice (mochi) is given to relatives and close friends at the beginning of the month of the due date when a new baby is expected in the family. As every day is aligned to one of the twelve Zodiac animals, the gift of Koro Koro mochi is always presented on the first “dog day” of the month.


You must never grill Koro Koro mochi; it’s recommended that you boil it.


Another Kanazawa custom that forms the fabric of a community. The ceremony associated with the giving and receiving is very much illustrative of the traditions that have solidified and strengthened Japan and its culture.