Making Huge Ancient Mirror-shaped Rice Cakes

On January 7th in the lunar calendar, temporary ministrants to Konomiya Shrine
who live in the specific area (it changes each year)
take charge of making oh-kagamimochi (huge ancient mirror-shaped rice cake)

photo by nega
Fiirst of all, they hold a Shinto ritual in the dim.

meet at 6:00 a.m.
start making rice cake from 7:00 a.m.
Shin-otoko comes and make rice cakes from 11:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. (time is not determined)
finish making rice cakes around 2:30 p.m.

Twelve mortars are set.
"Twelve" represents the
number of months in a year.
They prepare new mortars for
the naked festival every year.

There are 885 bags of
washed rice.
One bag is for one
mochitsuki ->
rice cake maiking

They start to make rice
cake from 7:00 a.m.
They also use three
mochitsuki machines.
4t kagami-mochi is too
huge to make only
by human power.

photo by nega
pounding mochi by shin-otoko 2006

lower part of kagamimochi

upper and lower mochi
Now they are too soft to pile up
need good cooperation and .......... energy