Mochi 餅 Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome or what we know as glutinous rice. Traditionally this rice cake is widely exchanged during the New Year in Japan but due to its popularity it is now available whole year round.
Cosmo Clock 21 in Yokohama. This ferris has a New Year's Eve countdown on its clock. I was there last years eve 2011-2012. The fireworks show was awesome!!
"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.