"Shiruko" is one of traditional Japanese dessert. It is a sweet soup made from azuki (sweet red beans) and mixed with rice cakes. January 11th is a ceremony called "Kagami Biraki" in Japan. People eat "Kagami Mochi" which is a decoration of rice cakes for the new year to pray for the well-being of new year. When people break kagami mochi into small pieces, they use hammers, not knives. Because knives would mean cutting the ties. Red beans have a lot of antioxidants. They helps your body reduce the risk of cancer and keep your youth longer! I ate it with organic orange peels. It is yummy:) Why don't you have shiruko as a dessert during winter?