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The first meal of the year, includes a soup called zoni, which features mochi, seen being made in New Year Celebrations 2. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:
This illustration is a general representation of every family in Japan, partaking of the ceremonial breakfast, the members of the family congratulating each other, and “toasting” each other in cups of zoni, a beverage made from mochi (boiled rice dough) and this ceremony is repeated until the third day of the New Year.1
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1 Tamamura, Kozaburo (1906). The New Year in Japan. Tamamura Shashinkan.