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Mossô Rice
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Futegawa-machi, Wajima City
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Festival
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Custom
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In Futegawa-machi, which is located in a mountainous area, people gather at a house and eat rice formed into a cylindrical shape from a big Wajima lacquerware bowl early in the morning of February 16. Mossô is the wooden frame used to shape the rice. The amount of rice for one person is about 900 ml (ten bowls of rice). In the feudal days, farmers suffered from having to pay heavy taxes, so they grew rice in hidden fields for their own consumption. Participants in this ritual are supposed to remain silent while eating, to prevent quarreling during the meal, which could lead to leakage of the secret of hidden fields, a serious crime in those days. White radish and carrot seasoned with vinegar, burdock with chilli, bracken with mustard, and miso soup are served along with the rice.
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