New Year’s Decorations
We decorated our mono’oki, (a little display area) in the hallway today.
Wherever you go in Japan at the begining of the year, you can find these brighly decorated little diplays.
The diplay consists of a plinth adorned with decorative paper supporting a wax covered mochi (a pounded rice-cake, covered in wax to preserve it).
On top of the mochi is balanced a daidai, a kind of sour orange, decorated with a golden fan.
Although ostensibly a Japanese tradition, this custom of decorating the little display with a fan actually originates from China.