• 2022-04-29
  • 2022-04-29

Count on Me, Grandpa!  A Grandson Took Over Two Dogs’ Care

A light truck with two kennels in the back came to appear in front of “Akita Inu no Sato,” a tourist exchange center in Odate City, Akita, in early April 2022.  Inside the kennels were two red-haired Akita dogs, Taiga (eight-year-old male) and Reika (two-year-old female).  Wakamatsu Shoma, a second-year […]

  • 2022-04-20
  • 2022-04-20

The “Cashier Dog” Umeko Becomes a Mother

Akita dog Umeko (one-year-old female) is a signboard dog of Liquor Shop Takahashi, a liquor store in Kosaka Town, Akita Prefecture.  She has attracted attention for her gesture that mimics a cashier working at the store.  On February 26, 2022, Umeko gave birth to two healthy puppies that look just […]

  • 2022-03-23
  • 2022-03-28

Hiwatashi Giichi’s Nakayama Dolls: Pursuing the Ideal Akita Dog

The Akita Prefectural Museum, located in Kanaashi, Akita City, has a collection of works featuring Akita dogs by Hiwatashi Giichi (d.1987), the third-generation creator of Nakayama Dolls in Yokote City.  These works present the ideal poses of Akita dogs, which is how Giichi raised the reputation of Nakayama Dolls nationwide. […]

  • 2022-03-17
  • 2022-03-17

Supporting Ukrainian Refugees by Selling Wasao T-Shirts

A T-shirt with a Ukrainian flag background and an illustration of the long-haired Akita dog “Wasao” (d. June 2020) calling for “NO WAR” is available for sale on the Internet. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support Ukrainian refugees who are suffering from the Russian invasion. The […]

  • 2022-03-11
  • 2022-03-17

Akita Inu Wine Now on Sale, with a Silhouette of an Akita Dog on the Label

Akita Inu Tourism is a regional Destination Management and Marketing Organization (DMO) formed by four municipalities, including Odate City in Akita Prefecture.  On February 5th, it launched a new brand of wine called “Akita Inu Wine” in collaboration with the Kosaka Town Development Corporation.  The corporation is a third sector […]


>Where Dogs Connect Akita and the World

Where Dogs Connect Akita and the World

Akita Inu (dogs), with their fluffy coat, round eyes, and an adorable tail that curls up, are now famous worldwide. Akita dogs have a strong body and are best known for their loyal personality. The number of Akita dogs raised overseas continues to increase. In Akita Prefecture, the Akita dog's birthplace, there is an active movement to utilize them for tourism promotion. Akita Sakigake Shimpo, entitled "Akitainu News," will circulate various domestic and international information about Akita dogs. The goal is to connect the world and Akita through Akita dogs.