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  • 2020-12-28

Morikawa and Hachi – “It’s Great to See You”

Here in Izumicho, Odate City, Akita, a six-year-old male Akita dog “Hachi” enjoys the sunshine in the front entrance. Although Hachi is leashed to a pillar in the spacious living room, the 20-meter lead allows him to find the best spot to relax in the sun. Hachi’s owner Morikawa Mikako, […]

  • 2020-12-28
  • 2020-12-28

2021 Calendar Featuring Akita Dog Puppies in France

A 2021 Calendar with pictures of Akita dog puppies in France was released by the Japanese publisher, Shoeisha. Ms. Sakamaki Yoko, a journalist, took the pictures of her puppies for the calendar, named “Mukumuku-mofumofu Akita Inu (Fluffy and Shaggy Akita Dog).” Ms. Sakamaki lives in the Normandy region of northern […]

  • 2020-12-13
  • 2020-12-11

“Mongolians Will Love Akita Dogs” – Mongolian Ambassador Came to Odate City

Mongolian Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Dambadarjaa Batjargal, visited Odate City, the hometown of Akita dogs, on December 7th, 2020. Ambassador Batjargal finds Akita dogs intriguing and toured several facilities in Odate to learn more about them. The ambassador believes that Akita dogs will help promote an international relationship between Mongolia […]

  • 2020-12-11
  • 2020-12-11

Do Not Cull but Train an Akita Dog

A family in Odate City, Akita Prefecture, will have their Akita dog receive training, not culling after it bit members of the family. Ms. Suzuki Akiko, a dog trainer of One for Akita, is trying to end culling as a customary practice. Ms. Suzuki said, “Merely killing ferocious dogs does […]

  • 2020-11-30
  • 2020-11-30

Yamagata University Developed Expressive Akita Dog-Shaped Robot

Yamagata University has developed an Akita dog-shaped robot named “GelHachiroid.” Its white body feels moist and soft, and the human-like skin is warm to the touch. Ogawa Jun, Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Yamagata University, who played a significant role in the development, said, […]

  • 2020-11-12
  • 2020-11-12

A Rescued Akita Dog Welcomes Their Majesties

Last year, Wannyapia Akita, a prefectural animal welfare center located in the Yuwa district, rescued a small stray Akita dog. That stray dog was Komachi, and later became the representative of Akita Prefecture to welcome Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako’s arrival. Wannyapia opened in April 2019 as a base facility to create an […]

  • 2020-11-02
  • 2020-11-02

Pepeekeo Becomes a Symbol for Expanding Japanese Culture at the Foot of Mt. Aso

Pepeekeo, a two month-old-male white-haired Akita dog, was transported from Odate, Akita, to a Japanese cultural experience center at the foot of Mt. Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture late last month. This is the story of his journey told by Hazawa Asami, breeder of Pepeekeo. Chinese businessman Su Qing runs the […]

  • 2020-10-25
  • 2020-10-23

Loyal Akita Dog Hachiko Encourages People to Move to Akita

The famous Akita dog Hachiko, standing in front of Shibuya Station, Tokyo, moved back to Akita to work from home! The Akita Prefectural Office created a unique video depicting Hachiko moving to Akita to encourage people living mainly in large cities such as Tokyo to work from home in Akita […]

>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.

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