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Antique sweet mould dating back to early Showa or early 1900s.

Used to make Japanese sweets. The mould pattern features kanji and ears of rice.

The kanji reads 'inari'. This is a word connected to the Shinto religion. These sweets would have been made as an offering for a good harvest.

Part of a shinto shrine is named 'inari'.

Outside shrines fox statues are seen, often wearing red bibs. These are known as '0-inari-sama'.

These fox-gods are thought to like eating small rice balls covered with fried tofu, which are also known as 'inari-zushi'.

Perhaps these sweets would have been offered to the inari fox gods.

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