My mother, Mary Takai, and her husband, Roy, celebrated the coming of every January 1st with their children and grandchildren by preparing Japanese foods. We enjoyed rolling sushi together, cooking tempura and eating all day long. A special New Year tradition was making “Mochi” or sweet rice balls, which symbolize good health and fortune. Mochi is tasty dipped in soy sauce or eaten in “good luck” soup. My mom still carries on this tradition with her large and growing family.
I also fondly remember the beautiful handmade hats, scarves and blankets that my mother made for us and that she donated to shelters, and how happy she made her grandchildren with her crafted Easter baskets. My mom has kept my family close with her love and generosity and by instilling fun traditions during the holidays and all throughout the year.
Written by Sandy S., loving daughter of Mary Takai, Carlton Senior Living Downtown Pleasant Hill resident
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