• 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. […]

  • 2020-10-17
  • 2020-10-17

Deep and Beautiful Bond between Helen Keller and Akita Dogs

U.S. educator, author, and activist Helen Keller (*1), who lost her sight and hearing at the age of two, is renowned for her devotion to people with disabilities. Ms. Keller was also known to be a lover of dogs. Hachiko, the famous faithful Akita dog, especially impressed and fascinated her. […]

  • 2020-09-29
  • 2020-09-29

“Let Us Expand the Base of Dog Lovers” – Veterinarian Motegi Toshio

No other researcher is as fascinated by Akita dogs as veterinarian Motegi Toshio. According to Mr. Motegi, “to understand a dog, you need to know the cultural background of the environment where the dog grew up.” Mr. Motegi once moved from Yokohama to Odate, Akita, considered the birthplace of Akita dogs, […]

>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.