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Rice cake blossoms for the Japanese “Little New Year”

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

From the National Museum: of Ethnography in Japan: “At the end of the Edo period, when the exhibited house was constructed, villagers of Akiyama mainly grew beans and such millet grains as cockspur, foxtail millet, and buckwheat. On the special occasion in the middle of January, called Little New Year, villagers made rice cakes in the shape of all these crops, stuck them on tree branches to depict an abundant harvest [see branches above with white blossoms], and prayed for a generous harvest in that year.” We’re a bit late, since this festival would have taken place a couple of weeks ago.

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