• 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 […]

  • 2020-10-22
  • 2020-10-22

New Release of the British Motorcycle “AKITA” – Named After Loyal Akita Dogs

You might be wondering why this motorcycle has the name Akita? The British manufacturer MUTT Motorcycles recently launched a new motorcycle series named Akita, after Akita dogs. According to PCI, a motorcycle import business located in Tokyo, the new Akita motorcycle features a robust design that combines a square fuel […]

  • 2020-10-05
  • 2020-10-04

Unique and Cute! – Four Goods with an Akita Dog and Edamame Illustration

Look! A red-haired Akita dog is peeking its head out from behind an edamame! Akita Inu Tourism of Destination Management Organizations (DMO) produces a set of items adorned with cute Akita dog illustrations. Four municipalities, including Odate City, organize the DMO. The set consists of 4 items: a tote bag, […]

>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.