"Can you see a rabbit making mochi?" Top 5 Page for this destination Japan Local Custom Tip by cheesecake17

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Both Japanese and Chinese people see a rabbit in the moon instead of a smiling face.

Not only do they see a rabbit, but they believe it is making mochi (rice cakes).

The origin of this idea comes from a play on words. The word mochizuki has a double meaning in Japanese. Although it is written with different kanji, it can sound like either "making ricecakes" or "full moon"

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  • Written May 17, 2005
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