The Isshomochi celebration is a traditional event held together with the celebration of a child's first birthday to pray for their healthy growth in the future.
One sho of glutinous rice (approximately 1.8 kg) is made into a mochi, which weighs approximately 2 kg. You put the rice cake on your baby's back, but sometimes it's so heavy that the baby cries or is unable to carry it. Children around the age of 1 vary in their growth, so they may not be able to carry the bag on their back or stand up. Including these things, holding the Isshomochi event itself is a joyous celebration.
Mochi has long been an important food for celebrating special occasions such as childbirth, birthdays, festivals, and festivals. Among these, it is said that the sun god Amaterasu Omikami lives in Isshomochi (Kagami-mochi), and the mochi itself is made to look like the heavenly rock door where Amaterasu hid herself, so it is used in celebrations. It is said that Kagami-biraki (a ceremony called Kagami-biraki) is held to look like the opening of the heavenly rock door, and the rice cake is cut and eaten to wish for a good harvest and future prosperity. The fact that kagami-mochi naturally cracks due to drying is also called ``open'', and is believed to have the blessings of Amaterasu Omikami, and is considered auspicious.
In addition, ichisho has the meaning of ``a lifetime'', and when combined with a congratulatory rice cake, it can be used to express wishes such as ``to never have to worry about food for the rest of your life'' or ``to be healthy for the rest of your life.'' It also has the meaning of ``May you live a happy life.''
The Issho Mochi event varies slightly depending on the region and each family, and as it is passed down from parent to child, it is a celebration that reflects the characteristics of each family. Although it has become commonplace today, in some regions, it is used along with Isshomochi.
It has different names depending on the region, and is also called ``Issei Mochi'', ``Birthday Mochi'', ``Ichisai Mochi'', and ``Chikara Mochi''.
Based on what happened at that time, it is said that if a child stands up, ``he will be able to stand up for himself,'' if he sits down, ``he will inherit the family,'' and if he falls, ``he will be able to ward off evil spirits.''
Holding the Isshomochi event itself is a good omen, so please keep a close eye on your children.
◆Mochi rice cake◆
In the generally accepted method of Issho Mochi, Issho Mochi is called "Shoimochi, Seoi Mochi" and the child is given a Issho Mochi with the character for Kotobuki and the child's name written on it. We watch as children struggle to stand on their backs or fall, filled with hopes and dreams for the future. In order to make the child feel the weight of a lifetime, children who tend to stand up and walk may be intentionally made to fall.
◆ Stepping on rice cakes ◆
The Isshomochi is compared to the earth, and children are made to stand on the Isshomochi by putting on straw sandals and wishing that they will be able to walk with their feet firmly planted on the earth. Some families perform both ``Mochi Uri'' and ``Mochi Stomping''.
◆Extra edition/60th birthday celebration◆
As it is an auspicious event, birthday celebrations such as 60th birthday, Kako, Kouki, Kiju, Kasaju, Hanju, Yoneju, Graduation, Hatoju, Hakuju, Centenju, Chaju, Chinju, Koju, Daikanrei, etc. Issho mochi is sometimes used. In this case, a red and white Issho mochi is used and decorated with ``mochi'' and ``long-lasting'' or ``long-lasting'' decorations to celebrate the birthday. After the celebration, it is customary to eat it with your family to receive blessings for longevity.
``Selectori'' is a custom of placing ``objects'' in front of children and predicting their future based on the first ``object'' they pick up. The items prepared vary depending on the household, but the items that have been selected since ancient times are as follows.
In addition, furoshiki, which were used to wrap rice cakes and tie them to the body, have become standard as ichisho mochi backpacks that can be used even when children grow up.