鏡餅

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English: Kagamimochi is a set of two round rice cakes, smaller one on top of a larger one. In Japanese tradition, it is devoted for Buddha and Kami during the New Year. It is usually decorated from December 30 to January 15. Kagami means a mirror which has been considered a symbol of Kami in Shinto. For some ritualistic reasons Kagamimochi shouldn't be cut with knives but broken with a hammer. On January 15 it is eaten as Shiruko, with sweet azuki (red bean) stew.
日本語: 鏡餅