• 2021-05-10
  • 2021-05-10

The Stars and the Dogs, an Audiobook Now on YouTube!

Exploring the friendship between dogs and people, the audiobook The Stars and the Dogs was written and illustrated by US-based Japanese author Yumi McDonald.  Mrs. McDonald was born in Tokyo and currently resides in Connecticut, U.S.  The Stars and the Dogs is a two-part series approximately 30 minutes long and […]

  • 2021-05-03
  • 2021-05-03

Enjoy the Trick Akita Dog at Renewed Amusement Complex in Akita

The amusement complex Akita Furusato Mura in Yokote City, Akita Prefecture, reopened on March 20th, 2021.  The renovation involved replacing trick art in the amusement building and installing a state-of-the-art operating system in the planetarium.  The “Wonder Castle,” an amusement building resembling a castle, now has an area where visitors […]

  • 2021-04-09
  • 2021-04-09

A Rescued Dog Raised with Love, Now Brings Happiness to People

One-year-old male Akita dog Fuku once faced life and death as a newborn puppy because his mother refused to feed him. Luckily for Fuku, a couple adopted him, and he is now living a wholesome and happy life with his new family. This article highlights a recent visit to Fuku’s […]

  • 2021-03-15
  • 2021-03-16

Proper Training Can Change His Life – The Akita Dog Taiga’s Journey

One and a half months have passed since the three-year-old male Akita dog Taiga started training at Wannyapia, a prefectural Animal Protection Center in Akita.  In the early stages of his training, Taiga growled and fiercely glared at people just for approaching him.  How is Taiga progressing and what changes […]

  • 2021-03-06
  • 2021-03-06

Popular Akita Dogs Gonta and Torajiro Get a Younger Sister

Five-year-old Gonta and four-year-old Torajiro are two male siblings living in Yuzawa City, Akita. They once modeled for a photo book and attracted many people at various events in Akita Prefecture.  But with record snowfall this winter in Yuzawa and coronavirus restrictions still in place, the two Akita dogs have […]

  • 2021-02-25
  • 2021-02-25

Proper Training Shows Positive Change for an Akita Dog

An Akita dog has been receiving training since early February 2021 at Wannyapia Akita, a Prefectural Animal Protection Center in Akita City, after it was sent there for biting people.  Ms. Suzuki Akiko, a dog trainer for One for Akita, has been training the dog for the past three weeks.  […]

  • 2021-02-17
  • 2021-02-17

The Life of the Loyal Dog Hachiko becomes an English Picture Book

A new English picture book titled HACHI is based on the famous loyal dog Hachiko from Odate City, Akita Prefecture. HACHI will be published on March 8th, 2021, the anniversary date of Hachiko’s passing.  Mr. Sakuraba Eietsu, a former bureaucrat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from Katakami […]

>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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