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Tsuki no Usagi
Tsuki no Usagi is a Japanese myth about the rabbit on the moon. The myth tells a story of the man on the moon that visited Earth and asked the animals for food. The rabbit, unable to provide food for the man, sacrificed himself as the food. Surprised and moved by the rabbit's sacrifice, the man invited the rabbit to live on the moon with him. Now up on the moon, the rabbit pounds rice cakes. This illustration imagines the aftermath of the story, showing a rabbit populated moon, roaming the rice-covered surface.
For more information about Tsuki no Usagi, and other interpretations of the moon rabbit myth through the lens of different cultures: The Moon Rabbit in Legend and Culture