Our New Year shop window display is inspired by hanamochi.
hana = "flower"
mochi = "sticky rice cake"
In the colder, snowy parts of Japan, where there are no flowers in the winter, people attached pink & white sticky rice cakes onto willow branches for their New Year decoration. This is also called mochibana.
In this arrangement, we used wisteria branches that had been given to us by a customer last summer. We also used Play-Doh instead of o-mochi sticky rice! (^-^) Here is a closer look.
And here is the view from outside. Please come and see it. The real thing looks much better than the photographs!
(All photos by the ikebana shop. All rights reserved.)