Large Rice Cake
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The Large Rice Cake and its variant, the Round Rice Cake, are based on kagami mochi, a Japanese New Year's decoration consisting of two round mochi or rice cakes. A smaller mochi would be placed on top of a larger mochi, symbolizing yin and yang, the going and coming years, the human heart, and the moon and the sun. On top of these mochi, a daidai, or Japanese bitter orange, would be placed, to symbolize the continuity of a family from generation to generation. It would be stood on a sanpō, or stand, over a sheet called shihōbeni, which is believed to ward off fires from the house for the years to come.
The Large Rice Cake's body appears to be made of a combination of the aforementioned smaller and larger mochi, and its head appears to be made of mochi as well. There is a red ribbon in the middle of the larger mochi. On top of its head is the above-mentioned bitter orange. A black stalk appears to be growing out of that orange, and behind it is a red and white fan with a light orange rim and yellow tassels. Behind its body is an obi in shades of red, yellow and orange, tied in a bow.
At the bottom of the Large Rice Cake's body are two green leaves, and below these is a white shihōbeni with a red border. It stands on a brown, wooden sanpō.
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