A mandarin orange placed on top of 2 large and small pieces of mochi. This is another Japanese tradition that takes place during the New Year's period called "Kagami Mochi". When you cut the kagami mochi, it's called "Kagami biraki". Both of these are historic and traditional customs within Japan. But, why do Japanese people display kagami mochi during the New Year's period? And what meaning does the kagami biraki have? We're going to explain all in this article!