Kashiwa Mochi (Kashiwa Rice Cakes)
Kashiwa mochi is a Japanese sweet made with red-bean paste sandwiched between flattened round rice cakes (made of “Joshinko” rice flour) and wrapped in oak or sarsaparilla leaf. The types of bean paste used include mashed red-bean paste (tsubu-an), pureed sweet red-bean paste (koshi-an) as well as white bean paste (miso-an) along with a few others. Kawashi mochi is often used as a ceremonial offering during “Boys' Day Festival,” held every year on May 5th.