Does this dog really need polarized goggles and a denim jumper to go outside? Absolutely, if he has any hope of making a striking statement in his numerous social circles.
I spotted this dressed-to-impress little guy while walking the ground of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. After several seconds of indecision, I politely asked if I could photograph him. One thing that will be a culture shock when I return to the U.S. at the end of the summer is how un-cute it is. Actually, the situation is that Japan goes out of it’s way to be over-the-top in the cute department. Although once in awhile a few American dogs might decide to don a sweater, they would never take it to the extreme pictured in this post. Having lived in both cultures for multiple years, my impression is that American culture has a more serious veneer than it’s first-world friend across the Pacific. Japanese culture thrives on lavish details, lovable cartoon characters, and unlimited fashion.
I will miss the friendly facade that cakes Japanese society, but also look forward to taste of my home culture.