Japan jump starts Year of the Rabbit with bunnies in costume
At "Bunny Family" just south of Tokyo, on Tuesday, bunny owners primp their pets for the New Year. They're hoping to immortalize their furry bundle in a photo session. While most of Asia remains faithful to the Chinese lunar calendar for the Lunar New Year, Japan uses the Western style calendar for both. It makes New Year's Day the start of 2011 and the Year of the Rabbit. The bunnies are given a total makeover with Japanese kimonos. They're then put in the spotlight, with their owners hoping to use the photos for holiday greeting cards.
With Christmas just around the corner, some owners dress up their rabbits in Santa and other Christmas costumes. Local housewife Yuki Shibahara has groomed her 3-year-old Choco into a pretty princess, complete with glittery cape and tiara.
(NTDV, Dec 23)
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