Sunday, 31 May 2020

In Japanese, usamimi うさみみ means "bunny ears" or "rabbit ears." It's a portmanteau combining the words usagi 兎, "bunny," "rabbit," and mimi 耳, "ears." In other words: it's an abbreviation of usagi-mimi 兎耳.

Like "cat ears," nekomimi 猫耳, usamimi is a specific type of kemomimi ケモミミ, and normally refers to headbands featuring bunny ears, or characters featuring bunny ears, rather than the actual ears of a bunny.

Nakano Azusa 中野梓, example of bunny ears, usamimi うさみみ.
Character: Nakano Azusa 中野梓
Anime: K-On!, Keion! けいおん! (Episode 9)
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