Usagi is the Japanese word for “rabbit", but in the Japanese folklore it designates a mythical creature, the messenger of kami (gods) in the Shinto religion.
In Japan, the rabbit has been favored in many forms of art: drawings and paintings, ceramics and textile and chosen as a motif in all manner of crafts and confections since early times. It continues to make appearances in a wide variety of contexts today, from art to women’s accessories. Motif of rabbits appears in association with the moon, waves, and autumn plants in traditional arts and crafts. Rabbits only drive on forward and don’t step back, so they have been considered lucky as a symbol of advancement. Also, the rabbit is a symbol of cleverness and self-devotion, and appears in myths. In old days, it was a symbol of Spring.