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Nov 24, 2014

[Shiba-chan] Mascot dog at tobacco stand gives “Omotenashi” (hospitality) to a foreign woman. “Oh, my dog!”

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[Shiba-chan] Mascot dog at tobacco stand gives “Omotenashi” (hospitality) to a foreign woman. “Oh, my dog!”

“Shiba-chan” has enjoyed such great popularity that sales of the stand might have increased ten times. I suppose that Shiba-chan has a chance of becoming not a shrine dog but a deity enshrined in Shiba-chan Shrine some day in the future.”

Masatoshi Takeshita
November 20, 2014


English translation of the excerpt from a Japanese article: THE HUFFINGTON POST – November 19, 2014 –

[Shiba-chan] Mascot dog at tobacco stand gives “Omotenashi” (hospitality) to a foreign woman. “Oh, my dog!”


There is a mascot dog, Shiba Inu “Shiba-chan” at “Suzuki” tobacco stand in Musashi-koganei, Tokyo.

Friendly Shiba-chan welcomes customers in the full lush of life.

In August, a foreign woman posted the image of Shiba-chan on YouTube. It has been in the spotlight since then. As of November 19, the video has been replayed more than 300,000 times.

Shiba-chan loves cucumbers.


Recently, more and more people have learned about the tobacco stand by word of mouth and they are visiting the stand. Reportedly, Shiba-chan sometimes gets slightly tired. In that case, there is a poster saying “We’d like to ask you to just look quietly at him.” 

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