Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Well, it's Easter, even if Google doesn't realize it.  It's a quite important holiday in Christendom, and when I decided to look into it, I figured I'd find out that they celebrated it in some offbeat way in Japan.  After all, they do Christmas and Valentine's Day.  Oddly, though, it doesn't seem to appeal to them all that much.  They are, however, deeply into rabbits.  In fact, they see not a Man in the Moon, but a Rabbit in the Moon.  From "Letsjapan":

With only a 2% Christian population, there’s not a lot of widespread Easter celebrating that goes on in Japan, although several million Japanese Christians have been celebrating and contemplating the season and churches will, of course, be packed on Easter Sunday from Sapporo to Saitama and from Kanagawa to Kyoto to Kagoshima.

Not a lot of Easter Bunny goings on in Japan, comparatively speaking. However, throughout the year, about once a month in fact, Japanese (and Chinese and Vietnamese and Koreans, virtually all East Asians…) think of bunny rabbits, or, more properly, one special bunny rabbit more than most Westerners. That one, special bunny rabbit is, of course, the Rabbit on the Moon. In Japanese the word for rabbit is “usagi” (うさぎ, or 兎) and when Japanese and other East Asia residents look up at a full moon, they don’t see a pockmarked man with a goofy smile staring (leering?) down at them, no, they see a cavorting rabbit. How about you?

So happy Japanese Easter, which you can think of as commemorating the Easter Bunny's evil twin, the Moon Bunny:

1 comment:

  1. A: Easter is not an important Christian holy day,
    it is THE MOST IMPORTANT Christian holy day. He is risen and we are saved from slavery to sin and death. Christmas is a kiddie party and all the others the hijacking of pagan feasts to get people into Church. Easter is THE day. (Sorry about the caps, but there is no way to put italics for emphasis on this.

    B: While I respect Mr. Chavez he is not the right person to make an icon of Chicano interests. We need to talk up Ruben Salazar more. Briefly, Mr. Salazar was a reporter born in El Paso (my hometown, one thing that gets my vote) of admittedly leftist leanings who covered the Brown Power movement. While covering an anti Vietnam War demonstration he was "accidentally" shot in the chest with a tear gas canister and killed by a LA County Sheriff's deputy. While I do not agree with most of Mr. Salazar's politics I think that a reporter killed covering urban issues is a more relevant hero to 21st Century urban latinos than an agricultural labor organizers. Of course, the left loves to fight romantic wars against last years dead dragon, thus making sure that this years unromantic problems remain unsolved and they can go on about how minorities are oppressed and hang on to power. Sadly, there are always people in the minority group in question willing to geek to these liberals, though to be fair some are stuck in the past and some dragons do need to be killed more than once.
    C: As can be seen, I still have some pressure sensitive buttons. Still it is strange how Google had to "brown up" Mr. Chavez to fit better into their stereotype of a latino (looks more like a Tamil to me). Interestingly, when Juan Diego was being sainted European artists found it necessary to "white him up." Mexicans and other Mestizos (even those of us with light skins) were offended but obviously the goal was to make him more sympathetic to white Europeans.
    The takeaway is that if you are doing things right you don't fit into the left's unacknowledged racist stereotypes.