2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, the rabbit has a lot of symbolism in traditional Japanese culture. The rabbit is a symbol of rebirth, refreshment, and fertility Often, you will see rabbits on kimono and other art in the presence of the moon.
“In Japanese tradition, rabbits live on the Moon where they make mochi, the popular snack of mashed sticky rice. This comes from interpreting the pattern of dark patches on the moon as a rabbit standing on tiptoes on the left pounding on an usu, a Japanese mortar” – wikipedia
Happy New Year!