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Shibas, Shibas, Everywhere!

Coming or going, shibas are on the job!

What better way to carry home a sack of edibles than in this Shibafest of a grocery bag? The National Azabu “foreign” supermarket in Hiroo was renovated to be a sad shade of its former self, but this foodstuff-toter they offered right after the re-opening nearly made up for the loss.

Check out the bottom of the bag! Shiba-inus meet to solve ALL the problems of the world…

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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!

3 thoughts on “Shibas, Shibas, Everywhere! Leave a comment

    • I want one too! (><) But I talked to many owners in Japan – they're very energetic and have to be walked at least two hours a day! Also, Quinn told me a funny thing. I knew they tended to be a little nervous, because many shiba magazines have features on how to train your shiva not to be afraid of thunder and fireworks and stuff like that. Turns out shibas almost became extinct during WWII, and all living shibas are descended from the few hundred they found alive afterwards. But guess why they survived? The ones who made it through alive were afraid of loud noises!

      • Wow thats so interesting! and oh no the 2-hour walks will make it impossible now! :((( hope you are doing well! still trying to make it to tokyo but new job doesn’t allow much vacation time. my time will come soon tho

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