A couple days ago my friend Emiko took us to her home town and to visit Rabbit Island! We drove about an hour to Tadanoumi then took a short ferry over to the island. The island has a small hotel, a museum, and a bunch of bunnies, that’s it! Okunoshima ( Rabbit Island) is included in the Seto Inland Sea National Park. This island was originally used to house a poison gas facility during WWII, and they would test the gas on the rabbits. They chose the island because the making of the gas was a secret since poisonous weapons were banned several years before they built the facility ( storing the gas was not banned) and it was far from Tokyo in case of an incident. It is said that over 6,000 tons was produced before it shut down at the end of the war, the gas was then weaponized, and the facility was destroyed. Now the island is full of cute wild bunnies for people to come and play with!
The baby bunnies were super cute! We were feeding them cabbage. This bunny was my favorite because he was all black like my puppy! We just couldn’t get enough of all the baby bunnies! They had the most gorgeous beach with crystal clear blue water, I think I need to come back in July! Typical. 🙂
After Rabbit Island, Emiko’s Father took us to hike the mountain in their town, Mt. Kurotaki! He is the commissioner of the preservation activity group who helps keeps the mountain clean! There were over 30 different Buddha’s along the way that you could try to find in the rocks. The view at the top was gorgeous!! They told me if I could fit through the tori gate it meant good luck……I did it!! We signed the guest book at the shrine.
We ended the evening with dinner at Emiko’s parents home. It was so cool to see a traditional Japanese house. Her Dad showed Kris his Samurai Swords that were over 200 years old and I think it was the highlight of Kris’ day! Her Mother cooked the most delicious dinner that included fried chicken made with rice flour so that I could eat it! Even though we can not speak Japanese and they can not speak English the evening was so much fun and we really are very thankful they invited us to their home. I also have to say her sister is the sweetest… I bought a pair of earrings at a store in Hiroshima called Parigot and when we traveled to Kyoto one fell out of my ear and I lost it. I was so bummed because it was the first time I had worn them. Well, Sachiko is friends with the VP of Parigot and she surprised me with a new pair of the earrings I had lost!! Here are some pictures of their home and the yummy dinner!
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