Meet Maru, Japan’s Cute Cuddly Tour Dog

5 years ago by in Japan

Meet Maru…

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Have you ever wanted to travel to Japan and don’t know what tour guide to hire? Well, this friendly pup is one cute tour guide you’d love.

This cute dog was born and raised in Japan. Maru and his owners had traveled around the country to show you the most amazing sights.
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Ever wanted to see what the places look like in Japan? This cute Shiba-inu has got your back.
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Maru can teach you a few interesting things about Japanese culture. For example, like the geisha…
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The Maiko are apprentice geisha in the western part of Japan, most especially Kyoto. Their jobs are to perform songs, dance, and play the shamisen (which is a three-stringed Japanese instrument). They do those tasks for visitors during any feasts. Their age usually ranges from 15 to 20 and they become an official geisha after learning how to dance, play the shamisen, and be able to speak Kyō-kotoba (the dialect of Kyoto). They would have to learn those three things regardless of where they were born.

And anime…
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Gundam Cafe in Akihabara, Tokyo.

Last but not least, ninjas!
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Maru LOVES the city. 
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Roppongi Hills District, Tokyo, Japan.

But, he also loves nature!

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He has already been to many of Japan’s beautiful scenery.
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The only path on Route 339, that you’re able to see the island of Hokkaido from the other side.
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The Oirase-gawa River flows from Lake Towada-ko. The Oirase Mountain Stream is the 14-kilometer source section that is between Nenokuchi and Yakeyama.

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Takachiho was said to be the site of legend where Amaterasu, the Shinto Sun Goddess, disturbed by her brother’s cruel pranks, hid herself in a cave, which made the other gods and goddesses try and lure her out of it.

He never misses a good photo op.
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Behind Maru is the Kumamoto Castle. It’s one of the most impressive castles that is located in Japan. Since the castle’s construction in 1607, a few structures had survived for centuries. The castle keep and the other buildings are modern reconstruction. New buildings are continually being added to it.

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The carp streamer festival takes place in Tsuetate hot springs. It features about as much as 3,500 carp streamers that can be seen swimming through the air. It is the oldest and largest carp streamer festival ever. “Koinobori,” meaning “carp streamer” in Japanese are wind socks that is traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate a special occasion known as “Tango No Sekku” or Children’s Day.

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There’s also another festival in Japan known as The Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival celebrates the yearly blooming of thousands of beautiful cherry blossom trees. Although the cherry blossoms are beautiful, they have a short life. They burst into bloom, die, and then fall to the ground in a matter of days.

Even though Maru has been traveling all over the country…
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There’s absolutely no place like home.
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If you’re interested in seeing more of Maru, click here.