Wooden Oshogatsu Kagami Mochi

Traditional Japanese New Year's decoration

Since New Year's Day is their big winter holiday (Christmas is a regular working day in Japan), the Japanese put up numerous decorations to welcome the new year and say farewell to the old. If you are not sure which to get to greet the new year in a Japanese way, the safest bet is a pair of kagami mochi, two round rice cakes (one small and one big – think of a flattened snowman!), on a wooden dais called a sanpo, and topped by a daidai bitter orange. Which is exactly what the Wooden Oshogatsu Kagami Mochi is but with one difference: you don't need to eat it after the holidays!

As a matter of fact, you couldn't eat it even if you wanted to: the Wooden Oshogatsu Kagami Mochi is a replica kagami mochi made of hinoki cypress, one of the most characteristic Japanese woods and with a smell that all Japanese know and love. It comes in two sizes: small (about 65 x 98 x 98 mm or 2.6 x 3.9 x 3.9") and large (about 83 x 148 x 148 mm or 3.3 x 5.8 x 5.8"). They both come with a paulownia wood box, which can turn into the dais, and a decorative tie and a celebratory red and white ume (plum blossom) knot!

Specs and Features:

  • Size: small, large
  • Kagami Mochi dimensions (small): approx. 65 x 98 x 98 mm (2.6 x 3.9 x 3.9")
  • Daidai orange dimensions (small): approx. 31 x 39 x 39 mm (1.2 x 1.5 x 1.5")
  • Box/stand dimensions (small): approx. 92 x 136 x 136 mm (3.6 x 5.4")
  • Weight (small): 320 g (11.3 oz)
  • Kagami Mochi dimensions (large): approx. 83 x 148 x 148 mm (3.3 x 5.8 x 5.8")
  • Daidai orange dimensions (large): approx. 43 x 55 x 55 mm (1.7 x 2.2 x 2.2")
  • Box/stand dimensions (large): approx. 155 x 180 x 180 mm (6.1 x 7 x 7")
  • Weight (large): 750 g (1.7 lb)
  • Materials: hinoki cypress wood, paulownia wood
  • Comes with decorative tie and ume (plum blossom) knot
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US$ 163
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