Visiting Japan’s Rabbit Island

While visiting Japan, filmmaker Micah Moore from Beat Down Boogie took a trip to the small island of Ōkunoshima, aka “Bunny Island,” to meet and film some of the hundreds of friendly bunny residents who roam freely around the island.

“There’s an island in Japan that is covered in cute fluffy bunny rabbits and solemn military ruins. It’s Ōkunoshima – aka – Rabbit Island. Prior to World War II, chemical weapons were secretly manufactured on the island. During the Allied occupation, the weapons were destroyed and the buildings and military emplacements were left to ruin. Nowadays, the island is overrun with cute friendly rabbits. Initially people speculated that the rabbits were descendants of test subjects. But the current theory is that a group of students left 8 pet rabbits behind on the island in 1971.”