Every year Kimi and her family go to mochitsuki, a time when they get together with their relatives to make a dessert called mochi. This year, they hit a snafu when they discover that Grandma’s mochi machine is broken. Everyone gathers ‘round as Grandpa shows them how to make mochi the traditional way using wooden mallets, a huge stone bowl and hard work, giving them glimpses of their family history in the process. Grandpa teaches Kimi about the most important ingredient of all in mochi — and it’s not rice. A lovely story about Japanese culinary traditions and the importance of family.
Thank You Very Mochi was written by Sophie Wang, Craig Ishii and Paul Matsushima, illustrated by Jing Zheng and published by Kizuna, a Japanese community non-profit based in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.