Posts tagged ‘Mochi Tsuki’

December 24, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, December 24, 2011, 1480 KYOS AM, 8 PM, PST, Merced, CA

by arthouseflower

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday, December 24 at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 25 at 9 am as Arts in Valley host Kim McMillon interviews Celebrity Psychic Medium Barb Powell, Sherman Kishi about the Art of making Mochi Tsuki for the New Year, and  Occupy movement activists Xan Sam Joi and Shariananda.

To listen to psychic Barb Powell, click onto this link:psychic-1

Barb Powell is a Psychic Medium, Profiler and Remote Viewer who has the natural ability to connect with Spirit and does not require the use of any tools. What makes a session with Barb extraordinary is her belief that anything and everything is possible.  Information such as your name and date of birth are not necessary for her to tune into your past, present and future. She has done readings from Europe, across Canada and the USA! She has even performed readings for producers, news media and celebrities who have described her as a very accurate and unique reader. She is widely known for accuracy, honesty and “telling it like it is”. She has helped thousands map out clear and precise direction in their life path towards spiritual development and personal enrichment. Barb possesses a unique talent for bridging the unknown and uniting the unconscious world of the seen and unseen that lingers between physical and spiritual realities. She believes that we begin to heal and grow spiritually once we unlock the solutions by becoming aware of the life blocks that keep us from reaching our life theme. As impressive as her gifts in communicating with animals, spirit guides and the spirits of those who have passed on from this life is her uncompromising integrity in doing this work. Barb is dedicated to reminding people that we have not been left alone, that we are loved, that there is purpose to our lives, and that there is a reason we are here!

You can follow Barb on twitter, connect on Facebook, and her website, which is

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To listen to Sherman Kishi discuss Mochi (Rice Pounding), click onto link:rice

Annual Mochi Tsuki (Rice Pounding) event

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Start Time: 8:00 am

Place:  Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave., Livingston, CA 95334

For more information call: 394-2264, or visit

Mochi Tsuki is an old Japanese tradition of rice pounding. It is done after Christmas and before the New Year so that the mochi can be consumed as the very 1st thing eaten on New Year’s Day in order to prosper in the coming new year, but it can be eaten any time of the year also.

All are welcome to observe the tradition and/or order the result of the pounding. Pre-orders are encouraged, but small orders can be placed on that day. The rice pounding starts at 8am, but to see the whole process at work a good time to come is about 10am.

The process starts with 500 to 600 pounds of “mochi rice.” It is much stickier than conventional rice. The rice is cleaned and then soaked overnight. The next morning, the fires are lit, and rice is put into small wooden boxes called seiro. The boxes are stacked above a water tub on top of the makeshift furnaces and rotated as the bottom box of rice gets done.

From there it goes to the grinder and then to the granite bowls, called usu. There, it is pounded by the mallets in a process called mochitsuki, to soften the doughy mass. The hot loaves of rice then go into the church hall to be molded into small balls. Corn starch is used to make the mochi less sticky. Workers wear gloves, but sometimes get blisters from handling the hot rice. Ahn mochi is the sweet concoction made from wrapping mochi around bean paste. The plain mochis are spread out on long tables to cool. Workers brush the corn starch off each treat, and they are packaged for sale.

Orders placed can be picked up starting at 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


To listen to Xan Sam Joi, and Shariananda discuss Occupy Movement, click onto the link:occupy

Xan Sam Joi is a 61 year old Jewish lesbian anti-racist mother – and now grandmother  – striving radical womonist/feminist; daughter & granddaughter of survivors of the holocaust, mother of a young amazon healer & amazing human being, lover of wimmin & student of conscious living. She caravanned to D.C. for the 10th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, answering the call to come to D.C. and stay there until our troops are brought home. Joi spent over a month at both occupies in Washington D.C., traveled to at least 20 other occupies between D.C. and Atlanta, and then Atlanta to Oakland.

Shariananda, formerly SDiane Adamz-Bogus, is a spiritual practitioner, healer and educator of more than 20 years, and brings new thought and traditional Christian tenants together in surprisingly sacred and practical applications.  Shariananda is currently a member of Occupy Merced, and will speak to their work in the Merced community. Her background includes mentorships with spiritual teachers and studies in the paths of Eckankar, Nicherin Shoshu Buddhism, Catholic, and the fundamental traditions of Baptist, Church of God in Christ. A  Ph.D. of Miami University of Ohio, she has certifications in pranic healing, hynotherapy, life coaching and social work training. Currently. she is a member of Unity, Merced and offers healing and communion service on the 3rd Sunday of each month. She can be reached at the  Lifestyle and Wellness Center in Merced for business, private spiritual or healing consultation.  Her books and writing are available at

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