The origin of the "mochi dining culture" dates back 400 years to the Hansei era when the Date-han offered up mochi to the gods every month in prayers for peace and health.
Later, hare-no-shoku (celebratory cuisine) included the practice of making and eating mochi on important days during life and at the end of seasons, including important family ceremonies and on New Year's Day, which is still going on today.
Even in Japan, the opportunity to experience the traditional food rituals of Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi is scarce.
Mochi honzen (left); Mochi making (right)
Mochi honzen (full-course mochi dinner) came from the samurai culture of showing respect for rituals. This basis of the ceremonial dinner adopted by Lord Masamune Date of Sendai Hanso is a dinner of three soups and seven vegetable dishes, and it is the highest level of hospitality cooking for presentation at ceremonial gatherings (formal gatherings) such as family ceremonies. Please enjoy this traditional regional cuisine that has been continuing since the Edo Period.
Various mochi-based dishes
Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi mochi cuisine has evolved uniquely throughout history since the Hanso era, and there are now more than 300 recipes. You can enjoy a wide range of mochi dishes to suit your taste, including traditional regional mochi dishes such as anko (red bean), walnut and furube (winter vegetable), as well as pizza mochi, mochi rolled cabbage, and mochi spring rolls.
Geibikei, one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan
There is more to see than just Chuson-ji and Motsu-ji. There are many sights that fascinate tourists, including Honederamura Manor Ruins, where the amazing rural scenery of yesteryear still exists today, Geibikei, a famously beautiful valley with a range of cliffs at a height of approximately 100m that is one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan, and Genbikei, a natural treasure with famously dynamic scenery produced by erosion from the river.
Genbikei, a Natural Treasure
Mochi honzen experience
At Ichinoseki-Hiraizumi, you can enjoy unique mochi honzen experiences and mochi-making experiences along with mochi-making songs that have been handed down in the region since ancient times. At Tategamori Ark Farm and Honederamura Manor Ruins, there are many experiences to get the most out of the local attractions, including various agricultural experiences to be enjoyed while interacting with local people.
Honederamura manor ruins
Enjoy agricultural experiences and the rural scenery at Honederamura Manor Ruins, which was once the manor house of Chusonji, and at World Cultural Heritage sites such as Chusonji and Motsuji. After experiencing the hospitable cuisine of mochi honzen, take a boat downstream at the famously beautiful Geibikei, and enjoy a comforting stay at a traditional ancient home unique to this region. This may become an unforgettable memory.
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