Rice cake for New Year (kagami mochi - 鏡餅)

Kagami mochi is a rice cake as well as a traditional New Year decoration. It is usually formed of two round rice cakes (mochi) with the smaller one positioned above. On top of them a Japenese bitter orange is placed. Various ornaments are added to decorate, like white and red paper, branches, silver and gold strings, etc.


A simple kagami mochi
A more elaborated kagami mochi on it's wooden base [source]




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