The photograph above demonstrates what I was hinting at in my April 17 column in the Japan Times, which is that animals are taking over Japan. Just a generation ago, few people would even think of allowing a dog into the house; now pets rule the roost. I’ve already covered pet manicures; here are more over-the-top pooch products and services.
Hot-spring resorts used to be for people, but dogs have crashed the party. These dudes are hanging out in the wanchan onsen ワンちゃん温泉 (bow-wow bath) at Shiosainoyu しおさいの湯 in Kawatana Onsen in Nagasaki Prefecture. One’s even got the towel-on-the-head trick down.
Meanwhile, this gal is relaxing in an outdoor bath in Hokkaido.
At New Year’s, people eat special food called osechi. Most Japanese don’t care for it, but that doesn’t stop owners from dropping wads so Princess can have her own New Year’s nibbles. Get this set of 26 items, cooked especially for dogs, delivered in a three-tier box for 21,000 yen ($247).
Heaven forbid His Majesty gets wet in the rain. How about this dog umbrella, which costs 4,500 yen on Yahoo Shopping.
Or this less-expensive model, which is just 1,980 yen on Amazon Japan.