Many things that are often mundane in other countries become quite fascinating in Japan. Japanese dogs is one of those things. Japanese love and care for their dogs and it shows. During my 2 week trip in Tokyo, I’ve encountered many dogs and worked to capture these cute little creatures. Well, on camera at least. How little are they? Very. Most of the dogs I saw were pretty small, and considering the size of an average apartment in Tokyo, that makes sense.
So enough with the blabber, let’s get some cuteness on screen.
The first time I saw a stroller carrying 2 dogs I was blown away. I think this was my first time seeing something other than small children in a stroller.
It was my first but certainly no the last. I’ve seen many more dogs in strollers since.
There are stores which sells many different strollers of all kinds of shapes and sizes. Not a polka dot fan? Maybe you’ll fancy a jeans stroller instead?
In this store there was also a photo spot to take a picture of your tiny dog on a Holloween-ie background.
This store is located on the ground floor of Venus Fort mall in Odaiba. It is referred to as the “Family Floor”. Many stores and cafes cater to your pet. How about a “casual restaurant with dog”?
Indeed a Pet Paradise.
This dog didn’t get a stroller but he seemed quite content in his sling.
Don’t feel bad for the dogs that have to walk for themselves as their owners made sure they’ll at least walk in style.
They also drink in style.
Every once in a while you’ll encounter a larger-than-regular dog…
…A cat on a leash…
…Or a stroller full of them fluffy creatures. If you’re planning on visiting Harajuku, you’re probably going to bump into him. Most of the time he’s surrounded by a hoard of people taking pictures and petting his clowder of cats, so it’s really hard to miss.
Dogs are also starring in movies, and decorating buses.
Even the brilliant chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, who owns the Michelin starred restaurant Jimbocho Den, brings his dog Picu to work and introduces him to the diners.
But perhaps one of the most amazing thing I saw on the streets of Tokyo was this monkey on a leash, holding his pet monkey. So adorable. If only the monkey puppet had a small monkey puppet of his own.
The only clothing item we could find for our huge dog is a rain coat \bee costume. Look how cute he is:
And if you’re looking for the perfect gift to give to a two lagged friend who looked after your four legged friend while you were taking pictures of other four legged friends in Tokyo, look no further.
I’ll leave with some more cuteness. Until next time..