My cousin, Ashley, browned up a mochi for me on Christmas Eve 2009. I seem to be going backwards in time with my posts (my last one was about New Year's 2010). Yum. And SO good with shoyu/soy sauce and sugar. I'm not sure who made this mochi, but a lot of Japanese/Japanese-Americans do around Christmastime. I'm not sure why they make it around then...maybe because that's when family's home? Go HERE for pictures and descriptions of the mochi-making process.