Okunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan that can only be accessed via a ferry from the mainland. Okunoshima played a key role during World War II as a poison gas factory for much of the chemical warfare that was carried out in China.
This is evident today from the empty buildings on the island that used to be the poison gas research and manufacturing facility, as well as a museum that was opened in 1988 in order to alert as many people as possible to the dreadful truths about poison gas.
But what’s so odd about the island today is what’s made its permanent home there.
The ruins of the gas manufacturing plant.
Inside the power station that supplied the factory, both buildings stand completely empty today.
This museum opened in 1988 to educate people about the island’s poison gas role in WWII.
But what’s this?! A bunny rabbit…
…a whole bunch of bunnies!
Cuddly attention seeking bunnies.
The bunnies are the result of a group of schoolchildren releasing eight rabbits on the island in 1971.
The rabbits did what rabbits do best and now the 7,500 square foot island is home to more than 300 of their floppy-eared descendants, earning it the nickname Usagi Shima, or Rabbit Island.
What used to be a top-secret military site manufacturing poison gas is normally not exactly the kind of place you’d think to spend an idyllic afternoon feeding bunnies.
But tourists flock to the island every year to see the cuddly little guys.
Hunting the rabbits is strictly forbidden and dogs and cats may not be taken onto the island.
Looks like these rabbit found themselves a perfect little heaven on Earth.
I like to think that this island is the rabbit owner’s equivalent of a holy pilgrimage. All I know for certain is, I want to visit and be attacked by cuddly awesome bunnies.
I love how something so bad turned into something so sweet. Rabbit Island sure beats Poison Gas Island.
Listen. After seeing what’s going on with Japan’s postal service, I’m going to need the USPS to step its game way up.
Although old mailboxes in Japan look kind of like the guy above sans googly eyes, the people charged with designing post boxes in contemporary Japan take their jobs seriously.
And by seriously, I mean not seriously at all. If you walk the streets of Tokyo long enough, you’re bound to run into something that looks more like a giant children’s toy than a mailbox, and it’s bound to be the best experience of your miserable life.
They might look a little odd at first, but when you take a second to sit with the cuteness of Japan’s postal scene, you’ll realize just how much ours is lacking.
Since it’s release almost a year ago, there have been about million covers of the anthemic ballad “Let it Go” from Disney’s wildly popular animated film Frozen.
Actually, probably more like a million and a half. With each new incarnation of the empowering song, originally sung by cast member and Broadway icon Idina Menzel, is a fresh attempt to out-cute the one before it. And they all melt away in comparison to this little girl’s perfect rendition. Take a look!
Kids love to dress up like and imitate their favorite animals.
Personally, I loved to act like a peppy dog. It’s an adorable phenomenon, and the videos that pop up online after Halloween each year are too cute to handle. The video below, which shows a little tyke pretending to be a lion, is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen.
Watch the cuteness that happens when the toddler’s parent tries to get their little lion to roar.
When Adam met Hollie, she was his nurse at the hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA where he was receiving treatment for Lyme disease. Over the course of a year, they spent hours together, three days a week, during his treatment. During that year, the two fell deeply in love.
After kicking that disease, Adam spent more time with Hollie and her son Joshua. The couple even decided to take things to the next level by moving in together. Then, tragedy struck again: Adam was diagnosed with ALS. The prognosis of someone affected by the debilitating disease is grim. Each day is a fight against their deteriorating body. But, as Hollie explained, that never changed the way these two felt about each other.
“He tells me right then and there, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I want my last days seeing your face, kissing your lips, sleeping by your side. I understand if you don’t want this burden on you. But if you want me, I want to marry YOU. What do you say?’”
Ever since Abby got an adorable pet hamster, her big brother Daniel had been busting his butt doing extra chores around the house and going above and beyond to collect enough allowance to buy himself a hamster too. Little did he know, his sister spent nearly all of her birthday money on a sweet surprise for him.
Their precious reactions to the surprise may just be the most endearing and adorable thing you’ll see…possibly ever!
It was impossible not to cry while watching that.
My brothers and I were horrible to each other growing up. Don’t be like us. Be like Abby and Daniel!
But for Pepper the tiny dachshund, he’s not into snuggling, snoozing, or even playing with another pup on the bed. No, the few sacred feet of space that we consider a resting spot is where Pepper gets his daily exercise in.
The second he gets up onto the bed, he absolutely loses all composure — and you know what? We lovehim for it!
Best friends come in all shapes and sizes…and levels of body hair.
No, we aren’t talking about that one kid who somehow grew a beard in fifth grade, but the fuzzy, four-legged friends who have continued to stick with us through thick and thin over the centuries: dogs!
There are plenty of reasons why they’re called “man’s best friend,” and here are just a few of them.
1. They greet you in the morning with a cute smile and a friendly wave.
Kids often dream of the day when they grow up and become adults so that they can do whatever they want. But while most dream of never going to school again or eating ice cream for every meal, two-year-old Olivia can’t wait for the day she doesn’t have to answer to her mom anymore…so that she can play in a dumpster.
Yes, you read that right!
The precocious toddler was taking a walk with her mom when they passed by a dumpster parked in someone’s driveway. Declaring how much she wanted to play in the nasty-looking trash, her mom explained that “people don’t go in dumpsters, only garbage goes in dumpsters.”
Sound logic, you’d think. Olivia didn’t agree, though, and started throwing this funny temper tantrum.
Kids really do say the darndest things. I remember when my brother threw a tantrum because he wanted to go to jail. I’m going to give Olivia the benefit of doubt, though. Maybe she knew there were Pokémon in there that needed catching!