“Mochi” is the special pounded rice or rice cake made in preparation for the New Year. “Tsukuru” is the verb for making, in this case “making or pounding ‘mochi.’
I missed the event last year and regretted it, so this year I really wanted to attend. It makes the holiday, as far as I’m concerned – just personal.
I love the taste of fresh mochi and then, have such good memories of “zenzai.” It isn’t an everyday event.