Rice cakes were eaten on auspicious occasions such as New Year's day and other festivals. However, sealed packages of rice cake are found all round the year as preserved food today. Let us tell you briefly about the origin and development of rice cakes in our culture.

@History of rice cake
Rice was introduced in Japan some 2500 years ago. It is said that the first rice was reddish and glutinous which was suitable for grice cakeh. Rice cakes were offered to gods in ancient times. The custom making rice cakes at the end of year and eating on New Year's Day seemed to start in Japan in the 12th century.

@Origin of rice cake in Japan
There are many theories about the origin of rice cake. One said in his book that the shape of Mochi, rice cake stands for the full moon whose circle signifies perfect harmony and fulfillment. We think our ancestors who worshipped the sun and the moon made a rice cake round hope of happiness and prosperity.

@Kagami Mochi rice cake
Kagami Mochi rice cake, which is composed of two pieces of rice cake, is said to have an origin from the bronze mirror, one of the three divine symbols in old times in Japan, or from the human heart. There is a saying that people hoped to spend a new year as happily and safely as the old one, just like the two rice cakes representing the sun and moon one on the top of the other. Today we place Kagami Mochi at Tokonoma, alcove, which appeared in a house built around the 16th century.

@Nourishment of rice cake
Glutinous rice from which rice cakes are made consists of starch 76.8%,water 15.6%, protein 6.8%, and a little fat and ash. One hundred gram of cooked rice contains 118 kilocalories and that of rice cake 235 kilocalories. This means rice cake is more energy effective, and many marathon runners and soccer players who need much stamina and staying power eat rice cakes before a race or game.

Cooked rice