Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. In Taiwan, Mochi is called muâ-tsî (麻糍) in Taiwanese Hokkien and má-sû (麻糬) in Taiwanese Mandarin.