Japanese New Year
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餅花 / Flowers made rice cake by nobuflickr, via Flickr : "京都, 安井神社 'Mochi-bana' is not a true plant. This is a figuration that the branch of willow or giant dogwood decorating with many small rice cakes. 'Mochi-bana' is a New Year's Day's ceremony praying for good harvest. This ceremony came in early Edo Era (300 years ago) in Japan."
thekimonogallery: “Shimekazari” in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Photography by Alex Abian of Flickr. Many Japanese decorate the entrances of their homes with Shimekazari during the New Year’s season to ward off evil spirits. They are made of Shimenawa, sacred Shinto rope of rice straw, used to indicate the sacred areas where gods descend.