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Visiting Japan’s Rabbit Island

Want to see more photos and videos? Check out the 大久野島 and Okunoshima location pages.

The small island of Ōkunoshima (大久野島) in the Inland Sea of Japan is famous for two things: poison gas and bunnies. In 1925, the Imperial Japanese Army started a secret program to develop chemical weapons in defiance of the Geneva Protocol. They built a gas plant on the island four years later that made mustard gas. Ōkunoshima was chosen for its isolation and to keep the plant secret the island was even removed from some maps.

After the war, the poison was disposed of and the laboratory animals—rabbits—were set loose. Without any predators on the island, the bunny population exploded, and now the island is full of tame rabbits that visiting Instagrammers have captured with videos and photos.

 

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Inside Outside Lands 2013 on Instagram

Want to see more from Outside Lands? Check out the official @outside_lands account as well as photos and videos captured at the Outside Lands location page.

Today, more than 60,000 music fans will flood San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for a weekend of music, art and food at Outside Lands. Will you be there? Tag your Instagram shots with the #outsidelands hashtag and your photos and videos may be projected on jumbotrons during the festival. You can also get a first-hand look at the festival by following this year’s performers and food vendors:

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