Learn Japanese food culture using Japanese paper|KOZO MOCHI making experience at Smile Kobo

【Report by the foreigner who knows Ayabe well.】

Name of facility : KOZO (Mulberry) MOCHI making experience Visit date : 2020/10/28 Visitor name : Nathaniel Hoy

Getting ready to make MOCHI


Ayabe is home to traditional Japanese WASHI manufactures

(Japanese paper).

Japanese WASHI is made from the plant of the KOZO plant

(mulberry tree).

When making WASHI the leaves of the KOZO plant are not used and are usually thrown away.

A group of local women thought this was a waste and experimented with different to lessen the waste.


Working together to make MOCHI


While the leaves are not normally eaten they tested a number of different preparation techniques to make them palatable.

One of the tastiest options they discovered was cooking the leaves and mixing it into the rice when making MOCHI rice balls.


Rolling the MOCHI balls


For a very unique experience that even few Japanese people have never eaten you can join this group of women while they teach you how to make KOZO MOCHI.

Making MOCHI requires two (or more) people to work together to pound the rice before it can be eaten.

In addition to getting to eat the MOCHI you make (and taking the rest home as a souvenir) you will also get to eat a delicious traditional lunch.


Delicious lunch


When I visited we had a little free time after making the MOCHI and before lunch was ready so we walked up the nearby hill and got an amazing view of the local area.

This unique experience is held at the 'Nakakanbayashi Community Center', located 25 minutes from Ayabe Station by car.



▼Click here for details of this facilityーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー


https://www.kyoto.ayabenouhaku.com/play-en-/kozomochi



▼Visitor profileーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー


Nathaniel Hoy

From United States of America, came to Japan in 2005

He likes Japanese countryside, Japanese sake, Japanese food,

onsens and Shorinji Kempo.

His hobbies are running, reading and, Japanese sake.



Phone 0773-21-6745 / Mr.Kuchu (person in charge)

(c) 綾部農泊推進地域協議会 / Ayabe Farm Stay Promotion Council

京都府綾部市は里山や田園の風景が広がる京都府北部の観光スポットです。農泊や伝統的な食体験を味わうことができます。
Ayabe City is tourist attractions in the northern Kyoto, you can enjoy farm stay and traditional dining experience and farm stay Kyoto.
綾部市位在京都府的北部,是一處環山繚繞擁有廣闊田園景觀的觀光景點。在這裡可以體驗農家生活以及品嘗具有傳統風味的料理。