The "Faithful Dog" Project
The Shiba Dog is the most popular dog in Japan out of the 6 breeds. In Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, Shiba Dogs trained as "faithful dogs," chase away monkeys and other wildlife.
The Inukko Festival of Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
The Inukko Festival is a traditional festival of the Yuzawa region, which is said to have started about 400 years ago. The origin of this festival is said to be when a feudal lord got rid of a major thief, and to prevent such scoundrels from appearing again, he had people make small dogs with rice flour, place them at entrances of their houses and windows and prayed for safety on the evening of the old Lantern Festival (January 15 of the lunar calendar).
The Kai Dog
The Kai Dog is a breed of dog native to Yamanashi Prefecture, and was used to hunt antelope or wild boar in the mountainous regions of the Japanese Southern Alps. The Kai Dog is characterized by its well-developed hock joint, which allows for excellent sprinting ability and jumping power.