Rice-rinsing colander

Artist: Hiroshima Kazuo 廣島一夫 (Japan, 1915-2013)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1995
H x Diam: 14.4 x 58.8 cm (5 11/16 x 23 1/8 in)
Japan, Miyazaki prefecture, Hinokage
Credit Line
Gift of Nakamura Kunio
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Tool and Equipment


basket, food preparation, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan
Provenance information is currently unavailable

This type of tightly woven colander plays a role in the process of preparing cakes of pounded glutinous rice (mochi); the colander is used for draining the raw rice after it has soaked in water and transferring it into the steamer to be cooked.  Hinokage households prepare mochi for festivals for the New Year, 3 March, and 5 May; for spring and autumn festivals at the village shrine; and for family celebrations.  They also use this type of colander for preparing the vegetables used in the elaborate stews (nishime) served at festival gatherings.  Because of its association with food preparation, the colander is stored carefully when not in use; many households have used the same basket for decades.

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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