I found these at amazon.com’s Japanese site (amazon.co.jp) and just had to share them!
Now why don’t we have anything like this here in the States?
Are Corgis really that much more popular in Japan?
Sit. Stay. Smile!
If a hunky Welsh Corgi on a windswept beach is your idea of a celebrity snapshot, welcome home! My name is Laurie Eno and I invite you to the tribe.
I would like to know too….
They are more popular in Japan than in the States, but try having a CARDIGAN corgi in the States. We cannot take ours anywhere without everyone asking why they have a tail and why they are not red (we have a brown-brindle and a black brindle). Then we try to "educate" them to tell them that they are two very different breeds and that "cor-gi" is actually two Welsh words that merely mean "small dog." They look at us with blank stares. So, now we just say, "Yes, they are corgis." Americans!
It may be due to the popularity of Tasha Tudor over there…
Mike and Debbie Burk says
Lots of Cowboy Bebop fans in Japan. Probably most of the Corgis are named Ein too.
No … it's not because of Cowboy Bebop (cartoons are considered incredibly nerdy over there) but it's because they're just cute.
There's subtle differences between the Western Corgis and the Eastern ones. I notice that the Eastern ones tend to have more larger eyes.
In Japan anime might be seen as nerdy, but Cowboy Bebop was a cult hit. But there are several reasons why Corgis are more popular in Japan. Partly is that it is MUCH tougher to have large dogs in Japan. Also, Japanese are all about 'kawaii' (really emphasize it kawaiiiiiiiii). Shiba Inus are a Japanese breed that are somewhat similar to Pembrokes (color, small size, etc…) so perhaps it is like having an exotic dog breed similar to a national one? But I think it's because Corgis are awesome! And Japanese folks know it!