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Monday, November 05, 2012

Akita Dogs


Akita, in northern Japan, is known for its fine sake, excellent rice and a breed of dog known as the Akita inu.

Akita Dog

Somewhat similar to the husky, the most famous Akita was Hachiko, who waited for his master outside Shibuya Station in 1920s Tokyo, even after the dog's owner had died.

The town of Odate in the north of the prefecture has an Akita Inu Museum dedicated to the breed.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Jindaiji Pet Cemetery


Jindaiji Pet Cemetery in Jindaiji Temple in the Chofu/Mitaka suburbs of western Tokyo is probably the capital's largest resting place for well-loved domestic animals. Tokyo has around seven dedicated pet cemeteries scattered around the city.

Jindaiji Pet Cemetery, Tokyo

Loving pet owners of mostly cats and dogs can rent a shelf in Jindaiji to display a photo of their pet along with plastic flowers, a Buddhist plaque and often a tin of cat or dog food.

Ema, or votive plaques, in the temple grounds express each mourner's prayers for a pleasant afterlife for their deceased pets.

Jindaiji Pet Cemetery

The animal's ashes are often kept in a ceramic jar within the cubby-hole altar.  More expensive stone graves are also available outside in the temple grounds, which are a poignant place to wander among the incense smoke and the sonorous ringing of temple bells.

Jindaiji Pet Cemetery
Tel: 0424 830 915

Jindaiji Temple is known for its many soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurants and is adjacent to Jindai Botanical Gardens.


Take a bus about 20 minutes from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line or Chofu Station on the Keio Line.

Ema at Jindaiji Pet Cemetery, Tokyo

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No Pooping or Peeing in Kyoto

No Pooping or Peeing in Kyotoペットの糞、小便させないでください

On the side of a traditional home in downtown Kyoto, the owner has a affixed a very "kawai" (cute) sign warning pet owners not to let their beloved pooches poo or pee on the wall.

Japan has been in the middle of a pet "boom" for more than a decade, and dog-lovers and those who are not as fond of them are sometimes at odds.

The biggest complaints about dogs are 1) "kinjo meiwaku" (causing a disturbance in the neighborhood, usually by barking and being nosiy), and 2) owners not scooping the poops.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dog Clinics in Japan


As the domestic dog population has exploded in Japan over the last couple of decades, so have services catering to the pet market.

Dogdays, Tokyo Midtown.

Dog clinics, dog barbers, dog boutiques and even dog hotels have appeared in major cities and at Narita and Kansai Airports, the country's two main exit and entry points. This busy dogdays shop in the Tokyo Midtown building in Roppongi in Tokyo is one such example of this growing trend of canine carers catering to a growing or should that be "growling" cadre of pet-obsessed owners.

Dog Clinics in Japan

There are an estimated 13 million dogs in Japan, with Aichi Prefecture having the highest ratio of humans to canine pets, double the national number, compared to less than 30 years ago when the so-called 'bubble economy' began in earnest in the late 1980s. Dog-related businesses are now estimated to be worth over 1.6 trillion yen per year in Japan.

Doggie shirt

The falling birth rate, higher expendable incomes, later marriage, stress-reduction and the sheer "kawaii-ness" of our furry friends are all reasons for the boom in dogs' popularity in Japan. The country really is going to the dogs when dogs carry namecards (meishi), have their own dating agencies and, doggoneit, their own wedding ceremonies!

If you wish to purchase Japanese made and designed canine clothes, please contact our sister site GoodsFromJapan. GoodsFromJapan supplies custom-made Arimatsu shibori suits for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Dogs in Japan

Japanese dogs

More than 48 million households in Japan keep pets, according to a 2004 survey by the Japanese pet food manufacturers' association. In 2003, the number of dogs rose by more than 1.5 million to 11.3 million.

The number of dogs being kept as domestic pets in Japan (along with other more exotic animals) began increasing sharply during the economic boom of the "Bubble Years" of the 1980s.

The domestic pet population is experiencing a second spike as the economy picks up again and Japan's population rapidly ages. Nearly a fifth of Japanese - 24 million people - are aged 65 or older; by 2050, they will account for 35% of the population.

More pensioners are turning to pets for companionship as their children leave home and dogs are also cute accessories for the younger generation.

Specialist restaurants for pets have appeared in Tokyo and there is now a 40-room pet hotel at Kansai International Airport - costing up to US$100 a night - for owners to leave their animals while away on holiday.

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