Dandy dogs

“Japanese are maniacs for booms, but people forget here that dogs aren’t just status symbols. They are living things.”

Toshiaki Kageyama, a professor of veterinary medicine, commenting on the current canine fad in Japan, and the uncontrolled inbreeding practiced by many unscrupulous breeders in an attempt to produce the ‘perfect’ pooch.

An issue however that doesn’t seem to bother Japan’s growing number of dog lovers, as whether a newly purchased puppy has a brother for a father or a sister as a mother appears to be irrelevant – the cuddly little canine being as cute as a button the main concern.

blue hue dog

And as prices for a Chihuahua with a blue hue or a poodle that’ll fit in one’s pocket reportedly go all the way up to the 1 million yen mark (4,350 pound), proud owners are prepared to pamper their new pooches like never before. A fact not lost on Pet Esthe, a business whose dog dye now seems sadly defunct, but its other products cater perfectly for the crowds of crazed canine lovers.

Like this doggy mud bath for example, designed to replenish the little one’s skin and coat. A treatment that may also be cleverly combined with company’s aromatic essential oil series.

dog mud bath

And if that’s not enough, relaxed and replenished Rover can then be spoiled further with a spot of nail treatment. A choice of ten colours enough to please even the most discriminating of dogs.

dog nail varnish

A product that not only looks pretty but helps protect the animal’s nails when the little fella is out and about. And it washes off easily too, which is reassuring.

Sort of.

Hidden depth

A quick glance at any video sharing website would probably lead the casual observer to conclude that Japanese TV veers from mind numbing tosh to mere titillation – with next to nothing in-between. Yet a rummage through the nooks and crannies of night-time commercial television reveals a slightly different picture, with some shows taking a decidedly more serious approach.

Like the one below for example, whose fearless guests attempt to get to the bottom of the day’s important issues.

bare bottom

Gallantly sniffing out clues and getting up close and personal with the truth.

sniffing out the truth

Such a penetrative approach producing real, if somewhat unsavoury, results. Allowing Japanese viewers a rare glimpse of the country’s darker side.

Tokyo tenderness

Finding someone to love isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, despite the abundance of unregulated chat rooms and alcohol; however the kind people at the Super Select Shop can at least make things a little less troublesome.

tokyo shop

The damaged goods section in particular offering some decent deals.

Dog do

Most of the pet related goods at the perky little park shop below are well worth a peek. The ‘mystery’ gifts on the other hand are probably best avoided.

tokyo pet shop

Lovely jubbly

Whatever you do, and wherever you go, have a ‘lovely’ Christmas. May all your hopes and wishes come true.

And then some.

Merry Christmas!

(click image for larger loveliness)

Food for thought

Extensive research involving quickly flicking through the freely available terrestrial channels, found that 99.8% of Japanese television programmes are food related – whether creating, consuming or simply going cock-a-hoop over the stuff.

A sorry state of affairs that leaves those not exactly obsessed with food somewhat starved of entertainment, although thankfully there is the odd exception.

sexy japanese tv

Cleverly combining cooking and scantily-clad young ladies, the far from comatose contestants have to try and keep track of how each tasty little dish is made, rather than greedily feasting their eyes on the far more fruitier offerings on display.

An approach that if embraced by all the channels would surely fail to go stale, the endless variations of recipes and raiment keeping customers more than happy.

sexy japanese tv

Such a bold move perhaps also causing cooking fans to conjure up very different images whenever the name of famed TV chef Fanny Cradock is banded about.