How are Rabbits Familiar in Japan Other than Easter Bunny

by Miku Kaneda March 25, 2020 2 min read

How are Rabbits Familiar in Japan Other than Easter Bunny

We see “Rabbits” more frequently when Easter is upcoming. Rabbits are adored as a symbol of abundance as they are prolific breeders. They are especially known for Easter, but also they appear in other annual events in Japan.

In Japan, Rabbits are said to have a close relation to the moon.

There is even an old superstition that rabbits are making mochi (rice cake) on the moon. That is because craters on the moon look like a rabbit and mortar. For this reason, there are lots of creations such as literature, art, skit and music in which rabbits are describing as residents of the moon.

Japanese Events Related to Rabbits

Japanese Events Related to Rabbits

A representative Rabbit event is “Otsukimi” (Moon watching). In Otsukimi, we enjoy watching the moon with susuki grass as substitute for ears of rice and as amulet, and place dumplings. This custom is to drive away evil or disasters and to pray for abundance. Although it’s different from Easter which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, rabbits are adored as a symbol of abundance in either custom.

Kutani Painting with Rabbit Motif

Kutani Painting with Rabbit Motif

Among lots of Kutani Ware which are known for vivid colors and brightness, we would like to show you a unique one. This plate is designed by traditional Kutani Painting techniques but also is modernized.

The history of Kutani Ware dates back to 1655. As the techniques and designs became more sophisticated, new forms of expression developed.

This rabbit plate maintains delicate attraction of Kutani Ware but also gives somewhat pop cute impression. Don’t you think it’s even good for Easter? It will broaden variety of table arrangements.

5 Cute Designs

5 Cute Designs

A series of Kutani Rabbit Painting Ware consists of 5 different designs using rabbits as motif. It would be fun selecting one on each day depending on your mood or purpose.

Also, as they are painted one by one, each would be “the only one” in the world. The exactly same ones don’t exist. The warmth or texture of handmade products are another attraction of this plate.

This series of Kutani Rabbit Painting Ware might bring new possibility to Japanese traditional craft works and lead product designing in Japan. Why don’t you get this cutting-edge trend on your table!

Miku Kaneda
Miku Kaneda



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