Mochi is a sweet rice cake made by pounding glutinousmochigome rice. It is traditionally grilled and wrapped in nori, or cooked in soup. One such soup is zoni (mochiand vegetables), which is eaten to celebrate New Year. The stickiness of the mochi represents gsticking to your principlesh, making it a good omen for the coming year. It is also used in many wagashi (Japanese sweets).