Mochi is a Japanese rice cake. Made from mochigome, a sweet short grain rice that is also know as glutinous rice, named as such because of its stickiness when cooked and not in the sense of it containing glucose. Traditional mochi makers would use a large hammer and bowl to pound the rice to create the mochi paste, which you can still see in some shops in Japan today. The paste is then flavoured and moulded into various shapes. Mochi is a traditional New Year food but it is eaten all year round.