Happy Year of the Dog! Canine Cuties from Japan to start the New Year


Happy Year of the Dog

Happy New Year! 2018 is the Year of the Dog, to the joy of puppy fans all over the world. In these early January days, dog-themed decorations both traditional and modern cover every storefront in Japan, not to mention countless thoughtful New Year’s greeting cards. As we all contemplate the beginning of a new year, we’re thinking of how to bring some more doggo delight into your 2018 – starting with these Year of the Dog items, as well as our fave Japanese canine cuties. Enjoy!

Year of the Dog Items

Osomatsu-san: Year of the Dog WCF

Osomatsu-san: Year of the Dog WCF
The Matsuno brothers are dress-up masters, and the Year of the Dog proves an opportunity for them to don these adorable puppy looks, courtesy of the World Collectable Figures series of crane game prizes. Dressed to destress during the holidays, their canine kigurumi capture each brother’s personality. Which is your favorite?

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Sanrio: Year of the Dog

Sanrio: Year of the Dog
Sanrio’s lineup of Year of the Dog items offers double helpings of canine cuteness with Sanrio’s puppy superstars Cinnamoroll, Pom Pom Purin, and Pochakko joining Hello Kitty and My Melody in rocking dog kigurumi for the season.

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Tokyo Disney Resort New Year’s 2018

Tokyo Disney Resort New Year's 2018
Every year, Tokyo Disney Resort brings out a fresh collection of limited-edition goods themed around the Japanese New Year. With 2018 being the Year of the Dog, Pluto is the natural star for this year’s lineup. The varied collection also contains a full cast of familiar faces in traditional Japanese finery.

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Winnie the Pooh: New Year’s Celebration

Winnie the Pooh: New Year's Celebration
This super-cute set of figurines shines a spotlight on Winnie the Pooh and friends, also dressed in furry dog kigurumi for the Year of the Dog! These figurines are exclusively available as crane-game prizes, making them a sought-after collectors’ item.

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Takara Tomy Zodiac Ania

Takara Tomy Zodiac Ania
Takara Tomy’s popular Ania series of realistic animal figurines gets a Chinese Zodiac-themed release in time for the New Year’s holidays. These doggies are the third release in the series – a full-size shiba inu, and a smaller mame-shiba get friendly in front of a gorgeous folding screen in auspicious colors.

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Our Favorite Japanese Dogs

Cinnamoroll

Cinnamoroll
Cinnamoroll turned 15 in 2017! The occasion was celebrated with Cinnamoroll’s 15th Birthday pop-up events and limited-edition items galore. 2018 will probably be a quieter year for everyone’s favorite curly-tailed pupper, but we’re sure to see his adorable face around!

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Pom Pom Purin

Pom Pom Purin
Is it possible to be sad around Pom Pom Purin? Gudetama and Aggrettsuko might speak to the dark corners of our soul, but when it’s time to perk up just channel your inner Pom Pom Purin – you can’t go wrong just chilling out and enjoying life with your favorite treats and favorite friends.

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Maru the Shiba Inu

Maru the Shiba Inu
Maru the shiba inu is at the top of the food-chain when it comes to Instagram celebripups! His calm demeanor and smiling face face has won him the love and adoration of fans all around the world – and even his own super-cute merch!

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Chuken Mochi-Shiba

Chuken Mochi-Shiba
Do you like your Japanese dogs round and ultra-squishable? Here’s the character collection for you! You can recognize the Chuken Mochi-Shiba (to venture a translation – The Faithful Squishy Shibes) collection by their irresistibly pudgy bodies and bold bibs.

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Mameshiba San Kyodai

Mameshiba San Kyodai
The eponymous Mameshiba San Kyodai (lit. Three Mame-Shiba Brothers) are Mametaro, Mamejiro, and Mamesaburo – three adorable mame-shiba puppies wearing jaunty kerchiefs in traditional Japanese patterns. Over the years, more and more friends have joined them, both Japanese dogs and foreign breeds – but they are all extremely good boys.

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Shiba-asobi: Shogi ver.

Shiba-asobi: Shogi ver.
Epoch’s Capsule Collection offers a stunning range of canine cuties (find more of our faves here), and this collection is no exception. Released just in time for 2018’s New Year Celebrations, volume 2 of the Shiba-asobi series focuses on traditional holiday pastimes like shogi and calligraphy.

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Japanese Looks for Your Dog

Kitan Club Dog Hats

Kitan Club Dog Hats
Capsule toy innovators Kitan Club may be most famous for their cat hats, but they also bring their design genius to headwear for small dogs. Tiny baseball caps with puppy-inspired variations on famous team logos or uniform hats with an air of authority – which suits your dog best?

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Japanese Dog Outfits

Japanese Dog Outfits
How about a dog kimono or puppy yukata? The Japanese love dressing up their pets, leading to a buzzing market in all sorts of dog outfits and accessories. We love these fun takes on traditional Japanese design elements – just perfect for your precious pooch!

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