Posts Tagged ‘Japanese new year celebrations’

The New Year holiday is probably one of the most important holidays in Japan and everything shuts down to give people a chance to spend time with their families and usher in the New Year. In Japan the New Year is a time of symbolic renewal, much more intensely so than in the United States. […]

kagami mochi


This is my New Year’s kagami mochi (鏡餅), or “mirror mochi.” Basically two balls of mochi with dried persimmons, an orange, and Shinto-related ornamentation. Apparently you’re supposed to boil this up on the 15th of January, the end of the New Year’s season. The round shape of the kagami mochi represents the mirror of Amaterasu, […]