Happy New Year!

Hanabira-mochi is a special confection for the new year in Japan. We celebrate the arrival of new spring with this petal (hanabira) shaped mochi filled with sweet bean paste. The stick between the mochi is sweetened gobo (burdock root), which is a symbol for good fortune. It adds a nice crunchy texture to this soft confection.
Hanabira-mochi pairs well with matcha—it is often served at hatsugama, the first tea ceremony of the year!
Wishing everyone a joyful and happy 2021!

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