Kashiwa Mochi : The traditional Japanese Sweet for “Tango no Sekku”
Mochi (餅) is the traditional Japanese food known as rice cakes.In Japan, the sticky plain white rice cake is commonly used as a main ingredient for traditional Japanese confections, “Wagashi (和菓子)“.
By the way, speaking of Japanese Mochi sweets that represent this season, Kashiwa Mochi is famous.
Kashiwa Mochi – Traditional Japanese Sweet for Tango no Sekku (Children’s Day, Boys’ Festival) on May 5
Kashiwa Mochi (柏餅) is the traditional Japanese sweet prepared for “Tango no Sekku (端午の節句)”, which is known as “Children’s Day” in English.It is the Boys’ Festival held on May 5 in Japan.
The soft mochi dough of Kashiwa Mochi is made from the powdered non-glutinous rice called “Joushinko (上新粉)” and folded in two, between which the sweet red bean paste “Anko (餡子)” is sandwiched.
The reason why the mochi confection has the name “Kashiwa Mochi” is that the Japanese sweet is wrapped in the leaf of an oak called “Kashiwa (柏)”.
The reason why we Japanese prepare Kashiwa Mochi for Tango no Sekku
The origin of Kashiwa Mochi dates back to the 18th century, when Tokugawa Shogun families ruled Japan.At that time, a Mochi confection came to be wrapped in Kashiwa leaves as a lucky charm for the prosperity of descendants.
This is because old Kashiwa leaves flutter down after new burgeons have roots in the tree, and that inspired the idea that “Family line never fails”.
This is why Kashiwa Mochi is prepared and eaten on the Children’s Day, the Japanese national holiday to celebrate and wish boys’ healthy growth and happiness.
Whether Japanese people eat the oak tree leaf for Kashiwa Mochi or not
To get straight to the point, we don’t eat the Kashiwa leaf because it isn’t edible in general.
(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia, ‘柏餅’)