"Mochi" is made of rice? Not this one!

by Fujiko - Japan Licensed Guide
(27) Reviews
This is "Imo mochi" or mochi made of sweet potatos in Sado Island.

 Local grandmas make this "mochi" during this time of year for locals and as souvenirs for tourists.

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

First they peel , cut and measure potatos. 

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

 Then steam them.  You can see piping hot steamed potatos taken out of the machine.

They simply look delicious and mouth-watering, but you can't eat them now!

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

Put into another machine and...

 Steamed potatos, flour and sugar are mixed well in this machine and the batch is spread in square molds.

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

 Next step is...

They are sliced into small sqaure pieces and dried for a few days.

And finally, these pieces are vacuum-packed and ready to be sold! ( seen in the very first photo )

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

 Would you like to have some?

We usually toast them for a few minutes until they become golden or microwave them.

Imo mochi goes well with green tea, black tea or coffee!   You can enjoy Sado grandma's taste.

"Mochi" is made of rice?  Not this one!

In history... 

Actually, sweet potatos were eaten in Ogi area in Sado Island as supplement of rice.

Now they are eaten as one of nostalgic tastes of the island.  We tend to buy mass-produced foods for souvenirs but I recommend to find

something really local like this Imo mochi.  You can buy Imo mochi at souvenir shops or local supermarkets in Sado Island.

Did you like my article?

You can send me a message to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience. Let's explore Japan Together.

I'll be waiting for you, so please check my profile and get your trip plan now


Fujiko

Licensed Guide
(27) Reviews

Related Blogs

One of the winter scenes of Sado

by Fujiko
This is Hamochi Oichi, year-end market with an unique twist! This market had usually held on Dec.15 mostly for farmers after receiving the ...

Taraibune(tub boat) ride in Shukunegi, Sado Island with a craftsman

by Fujiko
He is a rower and a craftsman building たらい舟” tub boats in Sado.  He is Keiji Kaneko, one of the few craftsmen left in Sado Island building...

Kobe Beef? No, no, it's Murakami Beef in Niigata Prefecture.

by Fujiko
Again, its Murakami Beef in Niigata Prefecture. Unlike Kobe Beef known worldwide today, even some locals in Niigata Prefecture barely reco...

Lover's Sanctuary and Onsen(hot spring) in Niigata Prefecture

by Fujiko
Senami Onsen in Murakami-city is famous for hot spring and Lovers Sanctuary on the beach.  There are more than 100 Lovers Sanctuary in ...

Another winter scene of Sado, this time Shukunegi

by Fujiko
Mochitsuki (making rice cakes) , a once popular event before New Year for every household, was held in Shukunegi. Japanese people offer moc...

SL, Steam Locomotive and Hina Doll Festival in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture

by Fujiko
Here comes the Steam Locomotive! On Mar.20, 2016, SL 村上ひな街道号” arrived at Murakami Station with the cheers of locals and tourists.    T...

Tours by Guide

Plan your trip to Sado with Fujiko

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Send a message

Recent Tour Reviews in Sado

“ Amazing day full of a variety of sights ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Nancy -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

My tour with Fujiko-san was fantastic! She is a great guide - friendly, knowledgeable and always making sure her customers are enjoying their tour. She was very flexible when setting the itinerary, taking into account all of the places I wanted to see and my interests, resulting in a large variety of sights throughout the island. She knows a lot about Sado Island and it was so interesting to hear ...
read more

“ Thoughtful and pleasant tour experience ”

Excellent
6 months ago Traveler: Beth -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

We spent one day on Sado Island with Fujiko. She was engaging and informative as we drove through different regions of the island, toured a sake brewery, took a tub boat ride, met a nationally famous sword craftsman, and enjoyed a nice local lunch. My only regret was that the island needs more than one day and we weren’t able to spend more time. I highly recommended her as an excellent guide, with...
read more

“ Fujiko an amazing & awesome tour guide ”

Excellent
6 months ago Traveler: Donna -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

My friends & I loved our Sado Island trip! Fujiko made it more fun & we look forward to going back again. She treated us like family. She is a very knowledgeable tour guide, enjoyable, friendly & caring. The day of our tour the weather was very windy & rainy. Fujiko was able to shuffle our itinerary & we were able to continue on with our tour. We did taiko(drumming), rode the tarai-bune(tub...
read more

“ The perfect Sado Tour ”

Excellent
9 months ago Traveler: Adrienne -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

Fujiko was a wonderful guide. She loves S Sado Island and knows the best places to show you to get to know the island. It is lovely to talk to her. We had so much fun exploring the island with her!
read more

“ A wonderful day on Sado Island ”

Excellent
9 months ago Traveler: Laurie -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

Fujiko planned the perfect day for us. As a resident of Sado Island, she knows it well and shared many interesting facts about it. We got to try taiko drumming, visited a historic village and went for a tub boat ride with a nice dog named Asti and his owner. We had an amazing seafood lunch, then visited a sake brewery. The local apples, pears and persimmon were so sweet and delicious and Fujiko ...
read more

“ Excellent day with Fujiko ”

Excellent
10 months ago Traveler: Jennifer -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

We had a wonderful day in Sado with Fujiko. She was responsive starting the first message we exchanged and throughout the whole process. She helped us booked a local rental car in Sado, which we would not be able to do on our own from 5000 miles away. We noticed this local shop was the only one opened (and all the Japanese went to) when we arrived. She took care of all the rental car details/...
read more

“ Excellent guide ”

Excellent
1 year ago Traveler: Joanna -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

Fujiko san spoke excellent English. Was very knowledgeable about Sado. Worked hard to give us a very good experience. A pleasure to be with!
read more

“ A super guide ”

Excellent
1 year ago Traveler: Cloudy -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

She got everything well-prepared and studied in order to bring me a wonderful journey. I can get my job done smoothly and it should be credit to Fujiko too. Thanks very much.
read more

“ Shukunegi, the best place ? ”

Excellent
1 year ago Traveler: Laurence -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

I do not often take the services of a guide, but I see that our guide Fujiko, is filled with its function, that she likes to share the recesses of her island, that she loves this one, which makes alive his visit. In addition, she is lovely and full of empathy, it was a wonderful moment to spend this afternoon with her, because she was of a partience with us (there was a ils lady, my Mum and a f...
read more

“ Fujiko showed us the authentic Sado ”

Excellent
1 year ago Traveler: David -   Tour Guide: Fujiko

The day was fantastic! Fujiko understood exactly what kinds of things we would enjoy, and introduced us to many interesting people! She knows everyone and told us all about the history and about living on Sado today. We were looking for a specific bamboo basket, and Fujiko found a basket maker craftsman with a huge warehouse of baskets. We found exactly what we were looking for. Fujiko is fun...
read more

Related cities