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Akita dogs are big, fluffy and incredibly loyal and come from Akita prefecture in the snowy north of Japan. Today, Street View can take you there in an instant. Odate city wanted to give visitors a snapshot of the local area and, since Akita dogs are such an important part of the city's history and culture, they called on the help of a hardy pair of working Akita dogs — Ako and Asuka — to give their own unique perspective of a dog's life in Akita by strapping a small camera to a dog-friendly harness on their backs. Adorably, you can see their fluffy ears and curly tails as you pivot around in any spot. 

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You Can Now Be a Cat With These Super Realistic Cat Heads From Japan

Housetsu Sato is a wool artist in Japan who just wants you to be a cat so he started making wearable cat heads for people who want to cosplay as cat-headed human hybrids.The heads are made of wool and look incredibly realistic if you don't consider how big they are, and the eyes look like they're following you wherever you go. All the heads are individually handmade, and the short-haired cat heads can be completed within a month. You can even get a head of your own cat made if you send the artist a photo. The heads don't come cheap, however. They sell for 648,000 yen, which is about $6,220 US dollars. You can purchase them online from the Japanese site Dwango. Via: Cat Time

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Japanese Couple Takes Photos of Their Cats Staring At Them While They Eat

One anonymous couple from Japan had the genius idea of documenting their cats' various expressions whenever they eat. They take photos of their pets' faces which often look like they're dying of envy or surprised at how much yummy food there is. Who could blame them? You can see more of these two kitties lovingly staring at food over on Instagram.

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Japanese Food Artist Creates Adorable Radish Sculptures Of Animals

Crafted by Masanori Kono, these cute creations are made of grated daikon radishes. Each character looks like an adorable cartoon plopped into a bowl of warming vegetables. By adding these little animals, Kono puts a sculptural twist on the Japanese version of a hot pot dish. Seriously, what's more comforting in winter than eating a bowl of warm food topped by a cute animal? Via: So Bad so good

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Meet The Robotic Cushion That Wags It’s Tail Like a Cat

This adorable gadget that offers the sweetness and presence of a cat or a dog to anyone who can't own a pet (as it's often the case in apartments in Japan) or just misses him when he is away. It will sure tag its way into your heart.

Japanese company Yukai Engineering has studied the behavior of cats and dogs as far as the effects on the movements of their tails and came up with Qoobo: a soft, round cushion with a robotic tail that reacts to strokes, just as a loving pet would."Tails: a communication tool that doesn't require words," the demo video begins. It goes on to show everyone who might find peace with the "cushion-tailed therapy robot": young people living alone in immaculate apartments, children, the elderly. The process to healing is easy: just give it a good pat and watch the cushion's tail wag softly in response. It'll also wag and curl the tail on its own, via an accelerometer in the pillow.


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