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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Konnichiwa, Moon!

posted by on July 29 at 20:13 PM

Tonight is the full moon. Lovely.

My Japanese friend Madoka assures me that in, well, Japan, they fail to see the jaunty, grinning Man in the Moon, as we relatively roundy-eyed freaks seem to do here in the so-called West. On that mysterious island where raw fish rules and businessmen sleep in sock drawers, they instead insist on seeing “Two Crows Making Rice Cake”. I know! Two Crows Making Rice Cake!

I don’t get it.

This probably has everything to do with the fact that my occidental imagination completely fails to grasp any remotely accurate idea of what the hell two crows making a rice cake would look like, or why two crows would choose to make a rice cake in the first place (crows diet?) and therefore I have absolutely zero idea what the hell she’s talking about. Maybe you can figure it out?

Look up, dammit! Look up!


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Clearly it is a phallic nosed rabbit that is making rice-cake on the moon:

google tsukimi rabbit for details and rather expensive dolls

Posted by kinaidos | July 29, 2007 8:39 PM

This should give you an insight as to how utterly foreign the Japanese mindset is.

Posted by Bauhaus | July 29, 2007 9:03 PM

Kinaidos @1, What I think you're seeing as a phallic nose is actually the rabbit's left ear. The rabbit is looking down at the mochi it's making.

Where did crows come from?

Posted by lostboy | July 29, 2007 9:29 PM

Reminds me of a Shakespeare quote:

Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel? By th' mass and 'tis, like a camel indeed. Methinks it is like a weasel. It is backed like a weasel. Or like a whale. Very like a whale.

Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet & Polonius at III, ii)

Posted by nvt2125 | July 29, 2007 9:35 PM

"round eyed"? Tell me you're going back to grad school for a new major?

Posted by Changing your name soon? | July 29, 2007 10:36 PM

Are we sure the full moon itself isn't supposed to represent the rice cake and the inky black sky the crows?

Posted by Michigan Matt | July 30, 2007 3:39 AM

The moon represents one of my balls.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 30, 2007 8:32 AM

@2, or not. Five people from the same neighborhood can see five different things in the exact same cloud. Perhaps they are all utterly foreign and unrelatable to each other too.

Posted by Andy | July 30, 2007 9:30 AM

I believe it is because we look at the light area while the Japanese may see more in the dark area. Yin and Yang have strengths in both dark and light, while Christianity holds only faith in the light. Walk into the light, go to the light. No one says Walk into the dark. You might bonk your head on something.

Posted by grashopper` | July 30, 2007 9:43 AM

You know, when I was a kid I saw the Man in the Moon clearly, but now that I'm an adult I have trouble picking out anything more than an interesting but random arrangement of blotches. I wonder what that says about me?

Posted by Orv | July 30, 2007 10:03 AM

There was a full moon? I didn't notice. I was wondering why I was having so much sex though.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | July 30, 2007 11:18 AM

I think that upper white stripey thinger is supposed to be crow #1, the white stripe on the left is crow #2, and the white dot with the white lines radiating from it between them is the rice cake.

Posted by east coaster | July 30, 2007 11:55 AM

What I see when I look up at the moon is a whacking great rock covered in craters. It's glorious!

Posted by Avallibam | July 30, 2007 6:00 PM

Fuck! I don't see a man in the moon, nor do I see any crows. What the hell is wrong with me? OR, maybe Avallibam @13 has it right...

Posted by lawrence clark | July 31, 2007 7:03 AM

At the risk of double commenting, I say Fuck! I don't see a man in the moon ,nor do I see any crows. Maybe Avaallibam @ 13 is right.

Posted by lawrence clark | July 31, 2007 7:23 AM

Are there 15 comments or thirteen comments? WTF?

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