Japanese Moon Rabbit

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Japanese Moon Rabbit

The Moon Rabbit is a mythological character that is most predominant in Asian and Aztec cultures, each one having it’s own interpretation of the story.  In general, the rabbit lives in the moon and depending on the culture, it is pounding something different.  This is my take on the “Moon Rabbit” folktale, with a Japanese twist of course!  In my interpretation, there are 4 scenes, each representing the 4 seasons.  Winter rabbit is seen pounding mochi, Spring rabbit is dancing under the Sakura blossoms, Summer rabbit is dancing at the obon lantern festivals, and Fall rabbit is seen staring at the harvest moon. These are all printed on Japanese Kozo paper.