Kyugetsu New Year Decorations Good Fortune Lobster Kagami Mochi Set

Traditional Japanese Oshogatsu ornament

Each culture has its own auspicious symbols for the holiday season and especially New Year's Day, and Japan is no different. Among them, there's one that seems like it has been put there to confirm the Japanese reputation for weirdness: it is the spiny lobster, known in Japanese as Ise ebi. It's also the main item in the Kyugetsu New Year Decorations Good Fortune Lobster Kagami Mochi Set, a beautiful reproduction of a traditional Japanese New Year ornament but made of high-quality rayon crepe fabric.

The reason the Kyugetsu New Year Decorations Good Fortune Lobster Kagami Mochi Set (and its real-life counterparts) feature the Ise ebi is that the sea creature's curved back and long antennae bring to mind an old man and his long beard, making it a symbol of longevity. In this set, the lobster is set on a kagami mochi (a pair of mochi rice cakes) with a daidai (a bitter citrus fruit) on top, and everything is placed on a red zabuton cushion. A beautiful and vibrant ornament that will give a special touch to your New Year decorations!

Specs and Features:

  • Made by historical Tokyo doll maker Kyugetsu (est. 1836)
  • Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 13 cm (2.6 x 2.6 x 5.1")
  • Material: rayon crepe
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US$ 53