Journeys in Japan: Odate: The Land of the Akita Inu

Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

The statue of Hachi the Dog sits near Shibuya’s famous scramble crossing. Hachi was an Akita Inu, a breed designated as a national monument. The breed originated in Odate City, Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. Odate thrived on mineral mining and forestry from the beautiful forests of Akita sugi, a type of cedar. But today, it’s especially known as the birthplace of the Akita Inu. On Michael’s travels around Odate he meets the famed dog and gets a glimpse into locals’ everyday lives. He also takes part in the Amekko Festival, which dates back 400 years.

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