• 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. […]

  • 2021-12-28
  • 2021-12-28

Pepeekeo Returns to Akita, Meeting His Bride and Reuniting with Family

In mid-November, Pepeekeo (one-year-old male) returned to his hometown of Akita for the first time in a year to meet his bride.  Born in a kennel in Odate City, Pepeekeo was taken in by a Japanese cultural experience center at the foot of Mt. Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture when he […]

  • 2021-12-15
  • 2021-12-14

08COFFEE Released A Special Blend Because of “Hachiko” In Its Name

08COFFEE is a coffee shop in Sanno-Shinmachi, Akita City.  Recently, the shop started selling Hachiko Blend, a coffee inspired by the famous Akita dog.  The blend has three types of beans deeply roasted to capture the image of the Akita dog’s cuteness, strength, and dignified appearance. The owner of 08COFFEE, […]

  • 2021-12-14
  • 2021-12-14

Kazuno Yasaka Shrine Makes Akita Dogs Cupids of Love in Their Goshuin!

Akita dogs become cupids of love!  Yasaka Shrine in Hachimantai, Kazuno City, started selling a new set of enmusubi (matchmaking) goshuin (seal stamps of shrines and temples) from this month.  One of the goshuin depicts an Akita dog in the form of an adorable angel.  The dog has wings on […]

  • 2021-11-30
  • 2021-11-29

Rocky Became the New Signboard Dog of Roadside Station Ogare

Rocky, a 5-year-old male Akita dog, made his debut at the Akita Inu Fureaidokoro, a spot designed for people to meet with Akita dogs at the roadside station Ogare, Oga City, Akita Prefecture.  He made his first appearance in front of visitors during an event in October and immediately entertained […]

  • 2021-11-29

Akita Dog-Themed Store Opens in Shibuya, Selling Stuffed Dolls and Sweets

On November 1, Akita Cable Television (CNA) (President: Mr. Suehiro Kenji) opened a store named Hachifull on the 14th floor of Shibuya Scramble Square, a large-scale complex in Shibuya, Tokyo.  The store sells Akita dog-themed goods and souvenirs.  Some of their products are limited-edition products developed in cooperation with local […]

>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.