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There are lots of shrines in Japan, which dedicated to the Gods (Kamisama) they worship. Each shrine has a purpose. For example, we have heard about the Goddess of Food/Rice (Inari Kamisama) which is associated with foxes and statued as “Kitsune” (Japanese fox) at the Inari Shrine. Then we also know about the famous God of Delivery who is believed will protect the mothers and their babies along the delivery process, which associated with shiba dogs at the Suitengu Shrine. But I’ll talk about them at another time. I’m specially interested with one of the most unlikely shrine I’ve ever known, Tsuki Shrine.

TSUKI SHRINE

Tsuki Shrine is a shrine for Moon God. Moon God is a brother of the Sun Goddess. They don’t talk to each other – hence day and night. The Japanese believes that rabbit is a messenger of Moon God which “brings happiness”. And so the shrine has statues of Rabbits within it

TO GO VISIT THE TSUKI SHRINE

It’s located at Urawa-shuku, Saitama prefecture, Japan. To reach it, alight at Urawa Station, take exit at the West Gate and then walk about 10 minutes.

Additionally, there is a flea market that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month in Urawa-shuku’s Tsuki Shrine (wikipedia.com). It looks like they sell various of products. There even has kimonos sold with a very bargain price! (see below pictures) I certainly want to go there once I have a chance! ^^

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various-products
cheap-kimonos

Sources:

http://www.wikipedia.com
http://www.h6.dion.ne.jp/~yuebing/040330/
http://raphael.doxos.com/2007/09/20/tsuki-shrine/
http://www.gojyaku.com/kimono/kottouiti/urawa/urawa.htm

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I have fall in love with this guy!! *(≥v≤)*

~fukusuke-pon 福助ぽん wearing cute sweater~

~ tampopo paradise, pon ぽん: “i’m in heaven….!” ~

~ fukusuke-pon 福助ぽんhugging its mama? X3 ~

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ahhhhhhhhh such an angelllll!! *>v<*~~luv luv luv luv

Those pictures are just a few of beautiful series of fukusuke-pon 福助ぽん pictures taken by its owner and shared at flickr.com. We can see the adventurous story of pon ぽん being told by the beautiful shots, which photographed very professionally. Moreover, each of the pictures always has a note or a story or a description of the picture. You can see the live of fukusuke-pon 福助ぽん and his owner (yes, it’s a buck! A male rabbit! ;D). It is like reading a story telling book! It’s truly a living story of Sentaro–a manga telling stories about the daily live of a manga author and his hiper-active ultra-cute mini rabbit!

I’m very thankful to my friend, Lisa, for telling me about him! TvT! I truly have met an angel! Go to flickr.com and search by the name of fukusuke-pon 福助ぽん to watch more of its stories! OR just click here to go directly to the page of fukusuke-pon 福助ぽん photo albums .

Have a wonderful adorabunny-day ^.-!

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My cousin’s cat.

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His name is Flexi. He has many many fans 😉

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When he sleeps.. He’s so….

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FLEX.I.BLE.

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I’m so happy if I have this size of rabbit, so adorable! ^^ And oh.. what a feet :

Herman The German Giant Rabbit

Origins: The above-displayed photograph and accompanying information were taken from a 3 February 2006 New York Post article. The critter pictured is Herman, a German Giant hare belonging to German breeder Hans Wagner. The extraordinarily large hare weighs 17 lbs., measures 17 inches high on all fours, and stands over three feet tall on his hind legs.

According to the Post article:

To find out how unusual Wagner’s wabbit is, The Post contacted Six Bells Rabbitry in Arvada, Colo.

“That’s a huge animal. That’s amazing,” said breeder Michelle Jones. “In the States, it’s hard to get them past 12 to 15 pounds.”

How did German Giant get so big?

“I don’t feed him an unusual diet,” said Wagner. “He goes through more than his brothers and sisters, but he eats the same food mix. His favorite food is actually lettuce. He can never get enough of it.”

Herr Hare is unusual in another way, he noted. “Unlike some other rabbits I’ve had, he’s really a gentle character — a gentle giant.”

CBBC Newsround said :

Herman could be the world’s biggest rabbit, but Guinness World Records have stopped accepting entries because of fears people were over-feeding their pets.

German Giants do not exist in the wild, and have been developed by breeders.

They can live for as long as 12 years.

A similar photograph circulated in 1999 showing Bodmin, an 18-lb. Flemish Giant rabbit raised in Scotland:

Bodmin The Flemish Giant Rabbit

Said the Glasgow Daily Record of Bodmin:

Bodmin the rabbit is a big bunny — and we mean big. He lives up to the name of his breed, Flemish Giant, by tipping the scales at almost 18lbs.

That’s the average weight of a 10-month-old baby. And Bodmin is still piling on the pounds.

Michael Alford, 60, joint owner of the Sussex nature park where he lives, said: “People just can’t quite believe the size of Bodmin, especially when they try to pick him up for a cuddle.

“He has a massive appetite and polishes off a whole cabbage or cauliflower at one sitting. We even used him for a guess the weight contest.

“I can’t remember how close anyone got, but I don’t think anyone guessed too high.”

Bodmin is such a handful Michael has started to keep him away from other rabbits in case he crushes them.

But it is not as if he lazes around all day – he goes for regular runs around his hutch. The other park owner, Anna Chaplin, said: “He does get a lot of exercise. He uses his run all the time except when it is raining.

“We have only had him for a year but he’s put on so much weight. I have a job to pick him up.

“He has got a massive appetite and gets through loads of cabbages, greens, carrots and other vegetables.”

David White, secretary of the Flemish Giant Club, said: “This is probably a continental rabbit. They do reach sizes over 20lb and are bred for fur and meat.”

Most fully-grown pet rabbits would weigh between five and eight pounds, depending on the breed, said a British Rabbit Council spokeswoman.

Even the fattest, laziest domestic pet is not expected to weight in at more than 16lb, according to experts.

But Bodmin still has some way to go to become the world’s biggest rabbit.

That title is held by a French doe, who weighed in with the Guinness Book of Records 2005 at 26lb 7oz.

The articles above are from these sources :

http://www.snoops.com

http://bbc.co.uk

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Stories Rabbits Tell
In this book, we’ll find the very interesting history of rabbits. It really is the STORIES RABBITS TELL. These reviews below will tell you the best hints :

Editorial Reviews (Amazon.com)
From Publishers Weekly

“Most people approach rabbits as if they were stuffed animals: cute, but not capable of much except, maybe, eating carrots and twitching their noses,” note Davis (writer and rabbit owner) and DeMello (president of the House Rabbit Society), who present quite a different picture: rabbits (and hares) are complex, social creatures intertwined with human culture. To date, no book has so closely examined the behavior and place of the rabbit-as pet, prey, pest and mythic figure-in history. As the only animal Westerners use as both pet and meat, the rabbit reflects some of our most unsettling cultural contradictions. Part literary companion, with analyses of rabbits in art and literature from poet William Cowper to Beatrix Potter, and part clear-eyed review of facts on rabbit “industry” and rabbit biology, this volume imparts insight into the genesis of pet keeping, the fur industry and the permutations of rabbits in folklore. With colorful anecdotes (including one about introducing Jack, a rabbit grieving for his mate, to new friends), this absorbing book opens the door on the realm of all things lagomorph. The prevalence of rabbits in folklore (as fools, mischief makers and sexualized witches) reveals just how much baggage this small creature has carried, up through the age of the Playboy Bunny.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


From Booklist
The rabbit has been domesticated for roughly 1,500 years, but until fairly recently they were not kept as house pets; the traditional pet rabbit was caged in a hutch outdoors. The rise of “house rabbits” that live uncaged indoors and the dearth of books written about rabbit behavior led Davis and DeMello to create a book that explores the roots and nuances of rabbit behavior to increase our understanding and appreciation of the species. Whether exploring our schizophrenic approach to rabbits (Are they pets, pests, or a profitable farm animal?), portraying the complex lives of wild rabbits and the corresponding behaviors of their tame brethren, discussing the roles rabbits have played in folklore and religion, or describing the commercial uses for rabbits, the authors reveal a fascinating depth of information. Enlivened by a broad range of quotations from such sources as poets, scientists, and animal-rights activists; illustrated with period and modern photographs; and heavily footnoted, this is currently the best book to offer readers who want to know more about their pet rabbits. Nancy Bent
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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The very grand series of Discovery Channel ever made!
From ants to the biggest organism on earth, this will be our most precious moment to watch the life on earth. The shoot took 5 years, taken on 204 places, in 60 countries, by 40 highly-skilled cameramen.

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Most of the scenes have never been captured on film before. Have you seen the “Inconvenience Truth” by Al Gore? On that documentation, there is an animation scene of a polar bear swimming miles and miles away trying to find a block of ice to stand on. Now, in this Planet Earth series, you’ll finally see the REAL SCENE of it. It’s a heartbroken moment to watch indeed. But that’s the art of it, you’ll feel very intimate with the animals.

 

 

 

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You just like experiencing the moment itself, together with them.
After seeing the series, you’ll fall in love with our planet and begin to respect more for it!

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Beautifully captured, rarest moments ever seen, rarest organism you ever see.
This is our planet earth.

Experience Earth as never before with groundbreaking footage of our planet and its wildlife (bbc.co.uk).

The series has ended since April 2007 on TV and now available in the DVD.

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Or find out about Planet Earth repeats on all BBC channels at What’s On.
They also made the book of Planet Earth, now available at the bookstores.

If you want to know more of it, go to Discovery.com

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Rabbit’s health is the most unknown topic. We can find lots of doctors who understand about cats’ or dogs’ diseases, but not rabbits’. Many rabbits’ deaths are remain misterious, we just don’t know why it died so suddenly. Although the previous day it looked perfectly healthy.

I’ve been there… But never again.

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This 200-some pages book will be your savior during the emergencies, both for the beginners and for those who already have rabbits.

Editorial Reviews (Amazon.com)
Book Description

This user-friendly book on pet rabbit health from a caretaker’s perspective is written for people with little or no medical or veterinary background. Its goal is to help rabbit owners play a more active, informed role in their rabbit’s health care decisions. It should never substitute for a trip to the veterinarian!

The book’s predecessor, Rabbit Health 101, received a favorable review in Exotic DVM Veterinary Magazine. The revised edition incorporates feedback from veterinarians across the country and includes the latest information for the new millennium.
Topics include:
• Choosing and establishing a relationship with a veterinarian
• Symptoms and safe treatment options for a variety of conditions
• Diagnostic tests and how to understand what they tell your veterinarian
• Drugs (prescription, over the counter, and supplements)
• Alternative medicine
• Coping with loss
• Resources and references

Stories and pictures of rabbits from around the world are sprinkled throughout the book, adding personal touches to serious topics. By the time you have read the entire book you will feel that you know Smokey, who inspired the original Rabbit Health 101, and Murray, who contributed so much to this most recent update.

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