Monday, 13 February 2012

Rabbit completed and Jugoya

The next illustration in my typographic rambling series is finished.  Rabbit is a bit more busy than fox, so much more information to fit in.  

A lovely Japanese tradition is the Full Moon Festival which is called Jugoya.  There are strong connections between the moon and rabbits in Japan as there are in many other cultures.

The day of the festival is usually on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese Calender.   In folklore it is said the shadowy shapes seen on the moon are rabbits making Mochi, rice cakes. During the night of the Jugoya, wishes are made to the moon.  Dango are eaten, which are simple small balls of boiled or steamed rice. The Rabbit Song (Usagi), a children's song is connected with the celebrations of Jugoya.

The Rabbit Song (Usagi)

Pretty rabbit, what do you watch while hopping around?
I watch Jugoya moon while hopping around!

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