Nikkō and Gakkō accompany Buddha sculptures throughout Japan. Gakkō is the "Bodhisattva of Moonlight" and Gesseimanishu is his representation as a gachirin (月 輪 - lunar disc) with a rabbit making mochi (glutinous rice cake) inside.
In the West, when people look at the Moon, they see a man in it. The Chinese see a rabbit, pounding magical herbs to make the elixir of eternal life. The Japanese, with their love of obscure wordplays, envision the same rabbit pounding rice to make mochi. The name of the full moon is mochizuki, while mochitsuki means “making mochi.”
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