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Usagi Yojimbo (兎用心棒) is a comic book character created by Stan Sakai. Usagi Yojimbo depicts a rabbit on his musha shugyō (warrior's pilgrimage), occasionally selling his services as a bodyguard. In fact Usagi Yojimbo translates into Rabbit Bodyguard in Japanese. The stories of Usagi Yojimbo mostly take place in Japan during the Edo period (between 1603 and 1868). Usagi Yojimbo is heavily influenced by Japanese cinema and has included references to the work of Akira Kurosawa (the title of the series is derived from Kurosawa's 1960 film Yojimbo) and to icons of popular Japanese cinema such as Lone Wolf and Cub, Zatoichi, and Godzilla.