Pounding in the New Year

Loose-character/ユルキャラジゲン/Yurukyara mascot of fame, Kumamon the marvelous, is pounding in the New Year.


Mochi/rice cakes (鏡餅 — Wikipedia) are a traditional Japanese New Year decoration consisting of two rounded mochi (pounded rice), the smaller placed atop the larger.
kagamimochi-realKagami mochi is usually placed in a household Shinto altar (see right), or kamidana in the tokonoma, a small decorated alcove in the main room of the home.

Nowadays people skip all the pounding and go to the store to buy mochi/rice cakes. These cakes are often pre-moulded into the shape of stacked discs, made in plastic packages for the mass market, and sold as a holiday decoration much like a plastic Christmas wreath.

Our previous reports of mochi rice cakes include:


4 thoughts on “Pounding in the New Year”

  1. Tokyo: 1 dead, 5 in serious condition after choking on mochi cakes

    Look out!!

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