Japan’s Ōkunoshima island is known as ‘Rabbit Island’ for being home to over 1,000 rabbits. The island was Japan’s secret chemical-weapons production site during World War II where weapons were tested on rabbits, and when the war came to an end, the rabbits were set loose. A tourist destination now, the island offers experiences like hiking and playing with rabbits.
The Okunoshima island, in the Inland Sea of Japan, is popularly known as the rabbit island because they’re all you’ll find there. No kidding! The bunnies have been residents of this island since quite a few decades now, and attract hordes of tourists every year.
But that’s not all. In fact, the island and these rabbits, both have quite a dark past attached to them. Read on to know all about it!
you must be thinking how did all these rabbits end up in a random island? In the year 1929-1945, Okunoshima Island was the site of Japan’s secret chemical-weapons production during World War II. This is where the army produced poison gas weapons which were tested on the rabbits back then. Finally, when the war came to an end, the surviving rabbits were set loose.
And since then, this island has become a home to the bunnies. But don’t worry, the rabbits in today’s age are not affected by chemical warfare from the past. While there are theories like some school children got these rabbits to the island or they are descendants of the older rabbits, the fact remains that these rabbits are friendly and love getting treats from visitors!
As we had told you before, Island is the centre of chemical weapons research until 1945 & now it houses a museum which displays and preserves the memory of the cruel aspects of the Japan’ World War II history.
The museum has stored the horrifying pictures of poison gas victims which is exhibited in one of the 2-rooms of the museum. The effects of poison gas are portrayed in a raw, eye-opening way.