Leiko Ikemura’s bronze sculpture 'Usagi Kannon'– a monumental ﬁgure with rabbit ears and a human face – is one of the artist’s most signiﬁcant motifs. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and the subsequent birth defects in animals inspired the Japanese artist to create this sculpture. Usagi Kannon (jap. Rabbit Madonna) is reminiscent of temple sculptures and its walk-in bell-shaped skirt becomes a protective shrine. Ikemura originally conceived two Usagi Kannon as a couple: one with a smiling face as a hope-giving ﬁgure for all growing people and living things, and a mourning one, dedicated to the people and living beings who died and suffered losses.