KAGAMI-BIRAKI is a Japanese traditional ceremony at the end of the New Year period🎍
Kagami-mochi (double-layered round rice cakes) is said to symbolize multiple happiness and fortune throughout the year.
It is prepared as a place where the god of the year sits during the New Year period.
On Kagami-biraki, we cook and eat the mochi to bring New Year’s blessing into us.
Since it is celebratory, we say we ‘open (biraki)’ the mochi when cooking, not ‘break’ or ‘cut’ it.
NADESHIKO-chan enjoyed KAGAMI-BIRAKI, too!