Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn’t expect to see on the streets

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.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

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.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

It was my first but certainly no the last. I’ve seen many more dogs in strollers since.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

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?

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

In this store there was also a photo spot to take a picture of your tiny dog on a Holloween-ie background.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

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”?

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Indeed a Pet Paradise.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

This dog didn’t get a stroller but he seemed quite content in his sling.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

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.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

They also drink in style.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Every once in a while you’ll encounter a larger-than-regular dog…

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

…A cat on a leash…

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

…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.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Dogs are also starring in movies, and decorating buses.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

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.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

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.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

The only clothing item we could find for our huge dog is a rain coat \bee costume. Look how cute he is:

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

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.

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

I’ll leave with some more cuteness. Until next time..

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

Om Nom Nomad - Japanese dogs and one more animal you wouldn't expect to see on the streets

 

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