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Pet Humiliation Made Easy

Children old enough to have any self-respect whatsoever can be annoyingly uncooperative when it comes to putting them in little curly horned wigs, but dogs and cats can often be bent to your evil will.

In Japan, the phenomenon of costumed animals has been taken to a whole new level. In every neighborhood, boutiques like this one specialize in outfits designed to embarrass every size of pet. From panda suits for black labs to traditional wigs, Pikachu hoodies and bunny suits for Chihuahuas, there’s no end to the many ways pets can be humiliated every time they go out for walkies.

If you want to visit this shop the next time you come to Tokyo, directions and more pictures are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery seriespublished by Penguin/Intermix.

Published by Penguin/Intermix

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