Giant rice cake offered at Kameda Hachimangu Shrine in prayers to end COVID-19

A giant ‘kagami-mochi’ rice cake weighing approximately 100 kg was offered at the Kameda Hachimangu Shrine in the Hachiman-cho district of the city of Hakodate on September 10, as part of a prayer ceremony carried out by the Association of Southern Hokkaido Agricultural Cooperative Chairs –– in which wishes were made to end the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote rice-cake food culture.

The event was held jointly with the Hokkaido Glutinous Rice Agricultural Cooperative Liaison Council. This is the first time such an event has been held at the Hachimangu Shrine. The red and white rice cake, made from ‘kaze-no-ko’ glutinous rice – a specialty product of the town of Yakumo – was created by stacking three separate rice cakes measuring 50 cm, 60 cm, and 90 cm in diameter.

During the ceremony, six agricultural cooperative officials wearing matching ‘happi’ coats carried the rice cake to the alter while chanting in unison.

Mr. Hayashi, chair of the Yakumo Glutinous Rice Producers Subcommittee, who offered the rice cake, said “Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to produce to the same levels as normal. Yakumo rice cakes are soft and easy to eat, so we want lots of people to eat them.”

Location

Kameda Hachimangu Shrine

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