People love their dogs in Japan, from what I can see.  Little dogs.  They tuck them under their arms and carry them like little accessories.  There are a few larger breeds but by and large, the small dog wins their fancy here.  Yesterday in Nikko I glanced in the direction of a guy pushing a baby carriage.  He gave me a look that made me glance down at the carriage (it’s as though he was proud and wanted me to look at what he was doing, I think. Can’t pinpoint why I looked at them further) and I saw three little dogs dressed as babies in the carriage.  (Laurel, take note.  They weren’t primates but I am pretty sure you would’ve been tickled to see this!)  !?  Oh my lady gaga.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.