Having been busy, we were SO late to make mochi (rice-cake) this year. Finally, we made them today. While making, I was thinking about my late mother. She used to make special one called "kagami-mochi" and taught me things what I'm quoting some part from this page and you can see variety of them from this page.
"quote” "kagami-mochi" literally "mirror rice cake", is a traditional Japanese New Year decoration. The two mochi discs are variously said to symbolize the going and coming years. The "daidai, 代々", whose name means "generations", is said to symbolize the continuation of a family. The name kagami ("mirror") is said to have originated from its resemblance to an old-fashioned kind of round copper mirror, which also had a religious significance.
this picture I found is really close to my mothers'
These two pictures up there are from PC; our small house doesn't have a place like this called "tokonoma, 床の間"(^^;)
Would you let me use my old pictures of making mochi (sorry my friends who remember these); not the old fashion way outside but with modern electric-maker. I love the one my sweet beans inside (bit sweeter than normal ones, haha) We always feel really hot to make them round. Took us all day p;)
Wishing you are having wonderful year end and I DO hope to visit you tomorrow.