The Japan Society

Kamishibai: The Moon Rabbit

Subject: English / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2
Age: 5-7 years / 7-11 years
Resource Type: Other

The Story of the Moon Rabbit (aka Tsuki no Usagi)

In Japan, it is said that a rabbit lives on the moon and this folktale explains how that came to be. One day, a fox, a monkey and a rabbit encounter an old man in need of help. All three animals set out to gather food for him, but it is the rabbit who offers the biggest sacrifice.

Suitable for Reception to Year 4.

This kamishibai can be used to teach about Otsukimi, the autumn moon viewing festival. Visit the Otsukimi page for more information.

The illustrations for the Moon Rabbit were produced for The Japan Society by Laura Richardson.


The PowerPoint presentations (PPT), with some animated effects and music, is created to look like a live kamishibai show. The story text is in the notes section of each slide and is designed to be shown as a slide show in 'presenter view', where the text is visible on the presenter's screen only while the audience views the main illustrated slide. Please note the PPT file is password protected but can be opened and played in 'read only' format.

The Story of the Moon Rabbit - PPSX (3 MB) 
PowerPoint Show: opens automatically and only in PowerPoint presentation view. You will need PointPoint on your device in order to open and view properly.

The Story of the Moon Rabbit - PPTX (3 MB)  The Story of the Moon Rabbit - PPT 97-2003 compatibility (10.9 MB)
PowerPoint Document: Use these files if your computer does not support pps or ppsx format.

The PDF is designed to be used as printed kamishibai cards (up to A3 size), however, it can still be shown on screen as a slide show using only the story image slides for those who are not using PowerPoint. The file comes with instructions on how to read kamishibai. If you only have one screen (cannot use the 'presenter view'), or simply prefer to read from a piece of paper, but still want to show the kamishibai in PowerPoint, the story text can be printed from the PDF version. 

The Story of the Moon Rabbit - PDF (16.2 MB)

Additional Resources

Visit the Otsukimi page for more teaching resources.


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