In Osaka it’s just snowing mochi.
あられ餅（霰餅) arare mochi.
Arare mochi are cubes of dried mochi of about 1 millimiter. So they look like graupels. Yes, you know graupels ? They are snow pellets.
Arare means “snow pellets / graupels “. OK, I’m not sure what it is exactly, it’s a snow amount, bigger than a snow flake and smaller than an avalanche…
And that also the name of the arare rice crackers made with these cubes.
We can buy them, but I made mines from a block of mochi (see here).
When they are dry, you can fry them. That takes a few seconds till they triple of volume, then take color.
They are very crunchy. You can eat them like that, for the nice taste of fried rice. Or flavor them :
I’ve mixed hot chili (togarashi) and also mild paprika to moderate the fire. And a little salt. Just roll them in the spices.
It’s transparent. It’s “wasabi powder” .
So you get a set of home-made salty crackers. You can keep them a while… I imagine.