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Moon Rabbit

We’re going to Canton Cafe in Kingsland for dinner tonight with the extended family in celebration of the Moon Festival (12 September 2011). Canton Cafe is one of my all time favourite restaurants and we’re super lucky that we live within a hop and a skip. One of the icons of the Moon Festival is the Moon Rabbit. I kid you not. I didn’t make this up. It’s on Wikipedia, so it must be true. šŸ˜‰ TheĀ Moon rabbit, also called theĀ Jade Rabbit, inĀ folkloreĀ is aĀ rabbitĀ that lives on themoon, based onĀ pareidoliaĀ that identifies theĀ markingsĀ of the moon as a rabbit. The story exists in many cultures, particularly inĀ East AsianĀ folklore, where it is seen pounding in a mortar and pestle. I like to think that there is a culinary rabbit on the moon working away with it’s mortar and pestle. Maybe that is where the phrase “moon dust” comes from? Cultures that have the moon rabbit are Chinese, Japanese, Buddhist, Mexican and Native American (Cree). Also from Wiki: The moon rabbit was mentioned in the conversation between Houston and theĀ Apollo …