- Posted January 20, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Kagamibiraki comes from samurai social customs. The traditional way of separating the rice cake is to chop by hand or with a wooden hammer because cutting with a knife is associated with ritual suicide performed by samurai (hara-kiri). That is why the event did not use a knife and any words associated with cutting. Kagami means happy and Biraki (Hiraku) means becoming more and more prosperous.
Rice cakes are traditionally stacked 2 or 3 high. Recently, however individually wrapped rice cakes are often found inside its plastic mold that resembles 2 or 3 rice cakes. This is considered to be more convenient for decorating and better for our health.
I hope to maintain Kagamibiraki and other such events because it brings family members close together. Recently I think many children can not communicate well with their parents. My family is experiencing the same situation as my siblings and I become older. Traditional events offer a good chance for family members to communicate. Therefore, I hope to keep the event and others like it, so I can maintain good relationships with my family.