The theme set for this weekend's Linky Party is Domesticated Animals.
I have actually asked that I not receive postcards with dogs and cats on them, so I will once again turn to my Gotochi Card Collection for this link party's post cards. I think I have two interesting cards for you to view!
One of the representative cards for Akita Prefecture is the Akita-inu. Reading through the Wikipedia Article it seems the Akita has a long and interesting history. Helen Keller was given two Akitas as pets. The first one, Kamikaze, was replaced by his litter-mate Kenzan-Go after dying of distemper.
The breed was nearly lost in Japan during the second world war as people were not allowed to keep dogs. Food for dogs was considered a waste. People were starving and sometimes dogs were used as food.
Even though I live just a little south of Akita, I'm not sure if I've ever seen a real Akita. They are quite large and most people around here prefer their dogs to be a little smaller!
Below, you should see a photo of a Kagoshima Kurobuta, or a Kagoshima Black Pig. Apparently, this is the Japanese version of a Berkshire Pig! Pork is a very common meat in Japanese cooking and many areas are famous for their pork. (I live in one of them!)
I hope you have enjoyed my look at two different types of Japanese Domesticated Animals. Please visit the other members of this Link-Up Party to see what they posted too.
Until next week!