• 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. […]

  • 2022-03-17
  • 2022-03-17

Supporting Ukrainian Refugees by Selling Wasao T-Shirts

A T-shirt with a Ukrainian flag background and an illustration of the long-haired Akita dog “Wasao” (d. June 2020) calling for “NO WAR” is available for sale on the Internet. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support Ukrainian refugees who are suffering from the Russian invasion. The […]

  • 2022-03-11
  • 2022-03-17

Akita Inu Wine Now on Sale, with a Silhouette of an Akita Dog on the Label

Akita Inu Tourism is a regional Destination Management and Marketing Organization (DMO) formed by four municipalities, including Odate City in Akita Prefecture.  On February 5th, it launched a new brand of wine called “Akita Inu Wine” in collaboration with the Kosaka Town Development Corporation.  The corporation is a third sector […]

  • 2022-02-26
  • 2022-03-03

Measuring Your Temperature Turns You into an Akita Dog

At the entrance of Akita Inu Kaikan, located in Sannomaru, Odate City, Akita Prefecture, a panel of an Akita dog greets people upon their arrival.  In the middle of the panel where an Akita dog’s face should be, is a temperature screening scanner, which measures the body temperature of visitors.  […]

  • 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 […]

  • 2022-02-18
  • 2022-02-17

Cheering On The Soccer Team with an Akita Dog Flag

BLAUBLITZ AKITA (BB Akita) is one of the soccer teams in Japan’s J2 League (Japanese Professional Football League B) and has many local fans in Akita. One of the fans made a cheering flag for the team with a large picture of a red-haired Akita dog. In the photo, the […]

  • 2022-02-09
  • 2022-02-09

Walking Partner Masa – Loved Like a Grandchild

Mitane Town of Akita Prefecture is revitalizing local tourism by utilizing nature and hot springs, inspired by Kurort (a place for a cure) originating in Germany.  The town has also introduced an experience program called “Walking with an Akita Dog” to promote health and well-being.  On February 3rd, it was […]

>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.