Chewy and squishy, often brightly hued and filled with even brighter flavors, the Japanese confection known as mochi is a staple sweet snack in San Francisco. It pops up in places as general as a Trader Joe’s freezer case and as specific as Benkyodo, a 103-year-old family-owned counter in Japantown that specializes in the glutinous rice dumplings. But while the snack may be a familiar taste in town, mochitsuki — the art and ceremony of making mochi — is not, which has prompted S.F. collective Kagami Kai to share the process locally in an annual celebration... More >>>