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Posted: 9/17/2005 7:40:03 AM EDT
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Oolong (1994- January 7th, 2003) (named after the oolong variety of tea) was the name of a rabbit owned by photographer Hironori Akutagawa, of Hokkaido, Japan. This domestic rabbit has become a well known Internet phenomenon since 2001 through Akutagawa's own home site. The home site was created for rabbit lovers in Japan which featured "photo journeys" of the domestic rabbit travelling with his master through the house, yard, and other areas of interest, however, it reached public awareness in 2001 through a site called Syberpunk.com, a site which focused on odd events in Japanese culture.

The reason for Oolong's large fanbase on the Internet is the fact that Akutagawa had trained the rabbit to balance objects on his head, an art Hironori called "Head Performance". The first object balanced on Oolong's head was a 35mm film canister on 25 May 1999. Soon, the rabbit had moved on to balance multiple things on his head, including tea cups, bread, fruit, pancakes, and even a rabbit skull. Although most people found the pictures to be cute (especially those in which food was balanced), there were some complaints made by viewers who believed the practice to be cruel to animals. The most well known, and most used, of these photographs was of Oolong balancing a pancake on his head, and had the tagline "I have no idea what you're talking about... so here's a bunny with a pancake on his head." (Actually, the food on Oolong's head is not a pancake; rather, it's a traditional Japanese pastry known as dorayaki.)

Throughout the rabbit's lifetime, the photographer continued to document his journeys through natural and not-so-natural environments as well as take hundreds of pictures of the rabbit balancing objects. Oolong has been noticed by the media, including the New York Times, and has become a widespread Internet meme.

Oolong died on January 7, 2003. Akutagawa took photographs of the rabbit's last moments alive and has included it in his website.

Akutagawa now owns a new rabbit by the name of Yuebing, which he hopes to raise in a way similar to Oolong the Rabbit.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 7:52:53 AM EDT
And 1.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 7:54:19 AM EDT
Well that sums that up. Always wondered...
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 7:55:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2005 7:55:41 AM EDT by eye_spy]
Thanks for the info LoginName.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 8:02:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 8:33:32 AM EDT
The rabbit and pancake are the international symbol of ppl. having way too much time on their hands...
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 9:29:30 AM EDT
Sad pictures of the end. The guy really loved that rabbit.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 3:31:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By squeezecockerp7m8:
The rabbit and pancake are the international symbol of ppl. having way too much time on their hands...

Thats what Im lookin for ! Alittle Real world . What's it mean ! Thanks for the History Lesson Too
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 3:34:05 PM EDT

an art Hironori called "Head Performance"

That's an art form in America too.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 3:34:40 PM EDT
It's cute and fun!
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 3:38:17 PM EDT
I always thought it was a photoshop.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 3:40:27 PM EDT
Strangely interesting.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:24:01 AM EDT
I can't look away...
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:15:00 AM EDT
So now that we know the history, shouldn;t this thread's title get changed to:


Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:17:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lancelot:
Sad pictures of the end. The guy really loved that rabbit.

Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:24:49 AM EDT
After I saw Oolongs' website a while back I tried putting objects my rabbits head. It's surprising that they won't move or try to shake it off. I have to take a picture of my rabbit with a 20rnd AR mag on its head.
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