One traditional pastime in September is tsukimi, or “moon-viewing” when the sky is clear and the moon is full. In Asian folklore, the dark patches of the moon are said to form the shape of a rabbit, and in Japan the rabbit is said to be pounding rice in to make mochi. Because of this story, it is common to find tsukimidango, a popular traditional snack made of mochi and enjoyed during tsukimi, shaped or decorated to look like little rabbits.

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