Happy new year, everyone! I hope the year of 2011 will be great to all of you.
I would like to start the first blog of this year by introducing how our family spending the new year holidays in Japan.
The first photos shows "Shimekazari" or a new year day's ornament to be displayed on an entrance door.
Mochi or a rice cake is one of important foods for new year holidays. We enjoy not only eating Mochi but also displaying it for celebration of a happy new year. The second photo shows " Kagami-Mochi " , one of important ornaments for the new year's day. But that mochi looks odd doesn't it? Do you think that is real?
The answer is that is a NOT real Mochi but a plastic-molded Mochi!
We used to display real mochi during new years holidays but easily get moldy so one of Mochi manufacture invented that plastic mochi and that contains smaller vacuum-packed mochis which we can deal with.