Journey to the Island of rabbits in Japan
• Journey to the Island of rabbits in Japan
Ōkunoshima - a small island in the inner waters of Japan in Hiroshima Prefecture. Its unofficial name - "Island of rabbits" because of the many wild animals that live here, and they are not afraid of people. The island played an important role during the Second World War, as the factory was located here for the production of chemical weapons ...
We learn the secrets of the Island of rabbits in Japan.
Initially, it was the usual island on which lived 3 fishing families.
Island View Ōkunoshima:
In 1925, Japan signed the famous Geneva Protocol banning the use of chemical weapons. Sources claimed that the United States and Europe are engaged in all its production, and then in 1925, the Institute of Science and Technology of the Imperial Japanese Army began its development.
Despite the fact that the creation and storage of chemical weapons were not prohibited (only use), Japan has decided to classify this program. The construction of a chemical weapons production plant took place from 1927 to 1929 on the island of Ōkunoshima. It was so secret that the island was removed from some of the cards.
The place was not chosen by chance: the location of the island is isolated and it is located far enough away from Tokyo in case of disaster.
Everything that happens on the island was kept secret, and even the locals with the employees of the concept of the plant did not have that here produce.
After the end of World War II, all documents relating to the plant were destroyed by the Allies, the plant is burned, and chemicals were buried on the island. Again, everything was shrouded in mystery.
Only a few decades, the Government has allocated money for the treatment of the former chemical plant workers.
In 1988, the island was opened Ōkunoshima Museum of toxic substances:
And where does rabbits and where they came in such numbers? There are two versions: the first says that the rabbits were brought here during World War II and was used in the factory to test the effectiveness of chemical weapons. However, the former director of the Museum of poisonous substances argues that those animals were killed during the destruction of the plant after the Second World ...
According to the second version, in 1971, a group of students released to absolutely lifeless island 8 rabbits afterwards those bred to a huge number.
Today hunting rabbits on the island is prohibited, as well as the importation of dogs and cats here.
There is also a hotel, a small camping and even a golf course. This hotel is:
The ruins of old castles and chemical plant can be found all over the island. Officially banned entry here, because it was too dangerous, but there are no special obstacles for no curious here:
Chemical Plant Ruins:
Islands offer visitors to bring their own food for the rabbits, especially in winter months when natural food is sorely lacking. Rabbits prefer carrots, cabbage, and, indeed, food for rabbits, which can be purchased at the hotel for just $ 1.