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Jan 1, 2011

謹賀新年 - Happy new year


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.

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4 comments:

Mark Willis said...

Happy New Year Takaeko. Your Mochi is like our Christmas fruit cake then - except that ours is designed to last longer (with the addition of some alcohol!). Your Shimekazari is very beautiful - did you make it yourself?

fer said...

Happy new year! Thank you for the insight into Japanese customs.

milka said...

Happy new year Takaeko-san. Talking about mochi, i still remember the mochi i bought from a convenient store in japan, with a real (fresh!) strawberry in it, very very very delicioussssss~
I love mochi, and maccha :D~

takaeko said...

>Mark
Happy new year! Mark. We love mochis so much that we have to pay attention to our weight gain because mochis contain higher callory. I bought the Shimekazari in a local store. Making it from scratch requires some techniques.

>fer
Happy new year, fer! I hope you can enjoy the new year holidays in Japan.

>milka
Oh, you ate mochis with a strawberry? That is very popular among Japanese but is too sweet for me.