Skip to content

Confessions Of A Shiba Stalker

Okay, I’m going to come right out and admit I don’t actually have a dog. You would, however, be forgiven for assuming that I was knee-deep in shiba inus, on account of I own a scary amount of stuff that is almost exclusively bought by fanatical pet owners who, uh, own shiba inus.

Like shopping bags…
…okay, a LOT of shopping bags…
…and oven mitts…
…and washcloths…
…and squishy pillows…
…and summer fans and packs of tissues…
…and cooking pots…
…and rice ball molds…
…and useless Japanese handtowels that had to be bought because they folded into a cute little cloth book just filled with shibas and akitas (who needs a cloth book of dog pictures? Apparently, MEEEE)
And if I give you a present (and if you’re deemed WORTHY) it’ll be in one of these little shiba boxes

But if that wasn’t bad enough, it gets worse. I stalk them. I stalk shibas with my camera. Forget those big game safaris in Africa, I just slink around the parks, shrines and streets of Tokyo, pretending I’m aiming at that super fascinating thing RIGHT NEAR THE SHIBA and…

I’ve spotted them chilling at the Nezu Shrine…
…getting their portrait taken at the Interpets trade show…
…saying hello to some lesser breed (YES I covet that purse, do you even need to ask?)…
…refusing to walk another step…
…being stalked by other shiba stalkers…
…and even being devoured by Godzilla

I know. Pathetic. And I’ll quit, I will, just as soon as I get that really cute shiba apron I spotted near Komagome Station…

Read a novel set in Tokyo

The #1 hostboy at Club Nova makes a handsome living, whispering sweet nothings in the ears of women who pay him a fortune for the privilege. But the party’s over when Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura is assigned to investigate the death of…read more

 

Jonelle Patrick View All

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!

9 thoughts on “Confessions Of A Shiba Stalker Leave a comment

  1. We’ve come full circle! That cooking pot is what initially got me here, reading this blog. I never could find it, though. 😦

    • I only saw it once at Tokyu Hands, and was distressed to discover it wasn’t a permanent product offering! Welcome to Japan – land of buy-it-now-because-tomorrow-it-will-be-gone (><;;) (In fact, sometimes the entire STORE is gone, but I digress.) Once I gave some friends who live in Hawaii a really cute mosquito-repelling incense burner, and when they ran out of incense coils, they asked me to get them some more. This was in January. I discovered that they don't sell mosquito repelling incense in January, and no refills would be available until Mosquito Season, which starts in June. ARG

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s