March 21

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Flying Dog

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.

If you’d like to visit Yoyogi Park the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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