Today, JASA co-sponsored the Moon Festival with TASA, ThSA, KSA, VSA, CSA, and KPL.
JASA performed a skit based on this Japanese tale about the moon:
Long long ago, there was three friends; a monkey, a fox, and a rabbit. One day they found an old man lying exhausted on the ground. The three friends decided they would try to help the old man. The monkey gathered fruit from the trees. The fox caught fish from the river. They gave these as food to the old man. Only the rabbit, no matter how hard she tried, couldn't gather anything. Grieving over her powerlessness, the rabbit finally thought of something to help the old man. She asked the monkey and the fox to make a fire, and offering her own life as food, she jumped into the fire. Seeing that scene, the old man revealed his identity to be Taishakuten (Buddhist deity). In order to show the future of Earth the selflessness of the rabbit, he ascended the rabbit to the moon. This is why on the moon you can see the firgure of a rabbit. Around it is a smoke-like shadow, which is the smoke from the rabbit who baked himself.
At the JASA table we had a game where you would throw a stuffed rabbit into our hand made moon to win candy prizes!