I was indispensable a rice cake to greet and celebrate the new year. Bigger one is called "Kagami-mochi". "Kagami" means a mirror. Mirror is worshipped as a god from sncient times. And mirror is a symbol of the sun. We pray to the sun for wishes to be peaceful for the world with rice cake.
I pounded (*)five-sho steamed rice into cake. To make a rice cake, it is used a mochi rice as a ingredient. These rice has more sticky than nomal Japonica rice. Soaked a mochi-rice overnight in water and steamed. After that it pounded. I wish you a Peaceful and Happy new year!
*one-sho measure = 1.8 little = 0.477 U.S. gallon
To start with fresh and full of vigor, still I have to house cleaning in office and work-shop for New year!