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Black and white silent amateur footage documenting life in Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, captured by Naokichi Hashizume in February 1945.

This segment shows the traditional mochitsuki ceremony; people stoke flames under a large outdoor wooden rice steamer; people use paddles to unload the steamed rice [dark]; people use traditional mallets (called kine) to pound the rice in a mortar (called an usu) into a paste [dark]; women shape the pounded rice paste into cakes (mochi) (01:37).

Credits: Naokichi Hashizume Collection, Gift of the Hashizume, Uemura and Ouchi Families, Japanese American National Museum (92.18.9). Preserved and made accessible in part by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

HNRC — Last modified Dec 05 2013 11:31 a.m.

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