Japanese Hare

Japanese Hare is a type of Friend. She was first officially revealed in a Kemono Friends 3 photo released during the collab event, 叶えるモン!夢のじゃぱり城 and later released in her training arc event.

Japanese Hare


Character Data
Also known as: Nousagi
Japanese Name: ニホンノウサギ
Romanised Name: Nihon nōsagi
First Featured in: Kemono Friends 3
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Lepus brachyurus
Distribution: Main Japanese islands of Kyoshu, Honshu, Shikoku
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 4 years
Read More: Japanese Hare
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Japanese Hare KF3 Gallery


Japanese Hare has reddish brown eyes and a pair of white-lined brown rabbit ears at the top of her head. She has a hairstyle that is trimmed round the back of her head, has thick fringes at each side and a ponytail tied at the back. Her hair is in acorn beige, with a thick brown stripe coming down from the animal ears to meet the white patch on the front bang. The tip of each side fringe is in white.

She is in a summer sailor uniform: a white shirt that has a sailor brown collar and sleeve cuffs with white double stripes, and a deep navy scarf. Also a brown pleaded skirt with a deep brown fur-like underskirt. She wears long gloves and knee-highs of deeper brown, and a pair deep brown sneakers with white toes and orange laces. The fur of her short rabbit tail at the back is brown and white at the underside.

Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role

In Real Life

Japanese hare in Tsukuba, Japan. Photo by Materialscientist, 2007

Japanese Hare is a species of hare endemic to Japan. It is found in all the main islands of Japan except Hokkaido, where it is replaced by the related Mountain Hare. Japanese Hare has reddish brown fur. In areas of where snowfall is heavy, it loses its coloration in the Fall, remaining white until the Spring, when the reddish-brown fur returns. Its body length ranges from 45 to 54cm (18 to 21 in) with a tail of 2 to 5cm (0.79 to 1.97 in). It weighs 1.3 to 2.5kg (2.9 to 5.5 lb).

Japanese Hare is found across Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. It is mostly dwells in mountains or hilly areas where the altitude can be up to 2700m. It also inhabits forests or brushy areas. It lives solitarily except during mating season. Due to human encroachment, it has become adapted to and thrive in urban environments, causing nuisances in some places. It feeds during evening and early morning, on grass, shrubs and bushes, occasionally tree barks.

Despite of human disturbance and habitat loss, its population remains stable due to the fact that females become sexually mature within one year from birth, giving to 2 to 4 litters, and they breed year-round. It is listed as Least Concern on IUCN Red Lists. It is hunted for food, fur and pelts in some places or to curb its increasing population.


A photo taken by a Japanese fan on Twitter shows a teaser drawing of a Friend at the Kemono Friends Pop-up Shop in Shinjuku Marui, 2022.
  • She was first teased, unofficially, at the February 25th to March 6th Kemono Friends Pop-up Shop in Shinjuku Marui in 2022 as a small drawing on the communal art wall by an unknown person. That sparked quite some speculation among fan community about the Friend's identity.
  • In winter, its fur is thick and white (with black tips to the ears). It molts and grow a lightweight brown coat when the weather gets warmer.
  • Despite having microorganisms in its stomach to help digest the tough cellulose of plant materials, the food does not stay in digestive system for long to absorb enough nutrients. Hence, hares have a habit of reingesting their feces. They produce two types: soft green or black mucus-covered pellets, containing vitamins, minerals and fiber, which are eaten directly; and hard brown pellets, which are fully digested. If hares are prevented from eating their feces, they suffer stunted growth.



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