• 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. […]

  • 2022-02-24
  • 2022-02-24

Akita Dog “Sits” on Top of Parfaits

A cute Akita dog is “sitting” on top of stylish sweets.  In the west of Akita City, there is a craft center called Akita Araya Glass Studio, where budding glass artisans can freely express their creativity, and visitors can experience the fun of glass blowing.  Inside the center, there is […]

  • 2022-01-31
  • 2022-02-26

Come and Meet Tora Akita Dogs!

2022 is the Year of the Tiger, so why don’t you come and meet Akita dogs with “tiger hair”?  When speaking of Akita dogs, the red-haired and white-haired ones are the most popular.  But the wild and powerful tiger-haired ones, known as Tora-ge (brindle), have their own popularity among people. […]

  • 2021-11-21
  • 2021-11-21

Osaka’s first “Wasao Grand Prize” Competition Awards Ran Ran the Winner!

The “Wasao Grand Prize,” a competition of long-haired Akita dogs, was held in front of the Izumiotsu City Hall in Osaka Prefecture in early October.  The grand prize went to Ran Ran (two-year-old male) kept by Mr. Ueno Hiroshi, a self-employed man from Kyoto City. The Wasao Grand Prize originated […]

  • 2021-11-01
  • 2021-11-01

Popular Akita Dog Couple of a B&B Go for a Stroll in “The Little Kyoto of Michinoku”

A couple of Akita dogs walk along the black wall of the samurai residence street in Kakunodate, Senboku City, Akita Prefecture.  They are Su-chan (male, four-year-old) and Fujiko (female, two-year-old), who are well known as the signature dogs of Enishi, a private B&B owned by Mrs. Yoshimi.  Kakunodate, known nationwide as the “Little Kyoto of […]

  • 2021-10-12
  • 2021-10-12

Couple Adopted a Rescue Dog and Became a Family After Ups and Downs

“I want him to have a happy life after all the pain he has been through.”  This sentiment is from a couple that took in an Akita dog from a public animal shelter and welcomed it into their family.  Jason Pollard and Yoshiko Morita moved to the Omagari district of […]

>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.