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Originally a hunting breed, Akitas emerged from the northern Japanese region of the same name. They are large, around 60 to 70 centimetres (24 to 28 inches) tall and between 40 to 50 kilograms (88 to 110 pounds), with prominent ears that stand straight up, deep-set eyes and almost bear-like faces.
Her affection for the cute canines comes as no surprise to veteran breeder Osamu Yamaguchi, 64, who has been supplying Akita dogs to foreign owners for two decades. “My clients used to be 50% Japanese and 50% foreigners but recently the number of overseas clients has increased,” Mr. Yamaguchi ...

Hollywood actor Richard Gere, French film star Alain Delon and Russia's figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova have one thing in common: They adore Japan's Akita dogs. And they're not alone. In recent years, foreign ownership of one of Japan's most famous indigenous breeds has skyrocketed, ...
The district later experienced a slump, but in 2014, the "Akita Maiko" made their debut, in an attempt to revive the area. However, until April 7, the sessions were aimed toward groups and session places could only be reserved in advance. At the opening session for individuals, two maiko wearing kimonos ...
AKITA – Three people died Wednesday after their car fell from an expressway in Akita Prefecture, police said. Two 20-year-old men and a 17-year-old female were found in a wrecked sports car about 50 meters below the expressway at around 7:50 a.m. They were pronounced dead after being rushed to a ...
Upon hearing the story, the Akita Dog Preservation Society based in Odate was quick to respond and is preparing to give a puppy to the Olympic champion. The plan is seen as part of efforts to attract more tourists to the prefecture, and there are signs that it is already working. Amid what some have dubbed ...

AJIGASAWA, Aomori Prefecture--Famed “ugly” Akita Inu Wasao will work as “sightseeing station master” of Ajigasawa Station here on East Japan Railway Co.'s Gono Line for another year after proving a hit during the last fiscal year. Wasao, who is estimated to be 11, captured hearts across Japan with his ...
Popular Akita Wasao gets new contract as canine stationmaster in Aomori Wasao (center) and his mate, Tsubaki (left), watch an incoming train at Ajigasawa Station in Aomori Prefecture. The dog, which has become a social media celebrity, was reappointed 'tourism stationmaster' in the town Sunday.
AKITA--This northern city is developing a tsunami simulation system to help people work out how best to survive killer waves that may sweep into their hometown. Akita hopes to put the 3-D virtual-reality system to practical use from fiscal 2019 after its completion by the end of fiscal 2018. Whether ...
As an introvert who grew up with Akitas, I have to speak for their suitability. They're strong-willed, independent dogs who bond very heavily with their owners; your Akita is your family and loves alone time with you. They need good training, so spending time socializing them with other dogs and at obedience ...

“If ever there's been a dog in desperate need of a family, it's Voyager” are the first words from one ARK staff member. A purebred Akita with papers to prove it, Voyager's journey started out fine but has become a one of loneliness and yearning. He looks happy enough here and is happy when he is with ...
The northern Japan prefecture of Akita and a committee for protecting its native dog breed, the Akita, have gifted Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova with an Akita puppy. ... Akita prefecture also sent Zagitova various gifts like an Akita dog stuffed animal, folder, and tourist information. The toy became ...
Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova says she's happy to know that she will receive the gift of an Akita dog from Japan. People in the Japanese prefecture of Akita have offered one of the dogs to the 15-year-old gold medalist in women's singles at the PyeongChang Games to commemorate her ...
Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova, who took gold in women's singles figure skating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, says she hankers after an Akita dog. The breed originates from the prefecture of the same name in northern Japan. Zagitova talked about her love for Akitas in an interview with ...
Akita bijin: In Japan, the women of Akita Prefecture, along with those of Kyoto and Hakata, Fukuoka, are considered some of the most beautiful in the country. The 3-year-old Capella is not only a beauty but a sweetheart as well. She's an Akita that came to ARK last October after her owner's mental health ...
The Japanese Akita Club of America was founded in 1997 by breeders and owners who shared a great affection for the breed and a respect for the wishes of Japan as the country of origin to split the breed from the American Akita. JACA is the only Akita organization from the U.S. that is recognized by the ...
AOMORI, Japan - A popular Akita dog known for being "ugly but cute" has been receiving condolence letters from all over the country. Wasao used to be owned by Setsuko Kikuya, the proprietor of a broiled squid shop in Ajigasawa, Aomori Prefecture, who died at the age of 73 last November. Since then ...
April 17 (Renewables Now) - Japanese renewable energy firm SB Energy Corp said today it will develop a 7.5-MW wind project in Akita prefecture in partnership with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance. The Softbank Kotooka Wind Farm, as the plant is named, will have an estimated annual output of about 17.33 million MWh, ...
HighIoT, the cybersecurity company building IoT devices with blockchain technology, raised over $900,000 on its Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns for its Akita device, which has been chosen to resell on Amazon. HighIoT is preparing its production shipment of 12,000 Akita units to be sent ...


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