This border collie is my favorite dog in all of Yoyogi Park. For hours, he tirelessly leaps into the air to bump that ball off his nose straight back to his master. On the rare times he misses and the ball goes astray, he makes like black and white lightning to retrieve it: belly to the ground, he herds the ball back to his master, then circles around and drops to wait for the next lob.
Dogs are supposed to be leashed in the park – except for in the dog run, which, as far as I can tell, is the canine equivalent of a singles bar – but like most dogs I’ve seen in public here in Tokyo, this dog is massively and impressively voice trained.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!