Under the milky way

A Rabbit eye

In Japanese tradition rabbits live on the Moon  where they make mochi , the popular snack of mashed sticky rice. This comes from interpreting the pattern of dark patches on the moon as a rabbit standing on tiptoes on the left pounding on an usu  a Japanese mortar . A popular culture manifestation of this tradition can be found in the character title character of Sailor Moon  whose name is Usagi Tsukino a Japanese pun on the words “rabbit of the moon.” Similarly, Japanese-American Stan Sakai’ s comic book character Usagi Miyamoto from Usagi Yojimbo ) is an anthropomorphized  rabbit who is a samurai, based loosely on Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
The Moon rabbit, also called the Jade Rabbit , is a rabbit  that lives on the moon in East Asian folklore. The legends about the moon rabbit are based on the traditional pareidolia  that identifies the markings  of the moon as a rabbit pounding in a mortar. In Chinese folklore, it is often portrayed as a companion of the moon goddess Chang’e  constantly pounding the elixir of life  for her; but in Japanese  versions it is just pounding mochi

 

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