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Rice Cakes


Roughly divided, there are two kinds of rice, the regular kind that is boiled to eat and glutinous rice.

Glutinous rice becomes Mochi after it is steamed and ground into a paste with a wooden pestle.

At New Year, Mochi is invariably grilles or put into soup with rice cakes and vegetables and eaten.For the Japanese, Mochi is, along with rice, the oldest food, and like rice steamed together with red beans, red Mochi is eaten together with white Mochi on ceremonial occasions and dedicated to divinities.

Thus, red and white make an auspicious color combination for the Japanese.

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