A bowl of ozoni (Japanese New Year

This Mochi Soup Is How Japan Welcomes the New Year

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Luck and longevity—these are just two of the qualities associated with mochi, the soft and chewy Japanese rice cakes made from short-grain, glutinous rice. Each member of the mochi family is rich with symbolism. Sakura (“cherry blossom”) mochi—stuffed with red bean paste and wrapped in a salted Japanese cherry leaf—has become a […]