Kuruki the Japanese Shiba Inu: The Story of Japankuru's Adorable Mascot

Tokyo Culture Kuruki 2021.05.21
The everyday life of the Japankuru mascot Kuruki, a white shiba inu, and quite possibly the cutest dog in the world.

Kuruki, Age 6

We're all working adults on the Japankuru team, but that doesn't mean we're immune to the charms of what can only be called the cutest dog around. Kuruki lives with the Japankuru cameraman/editor/all-around creative Andy Kin, who dotes on her daily, and clearly the feeling is mutual. Andy's pictures of Kuruki bring a little joy to the Japankuru team on a regular basis, so today we want to share a little bit of the cuteness with you, too!
  • A Cherry Blossom Photoshoot
    A Cherry Blossom Photoshoot
    Looking for a new wallpaper for your phone? We recommend this shot of Kuruki among the cherry blossoms! You might have noticed, it's Kuruki's column profile picture as well!
  • Bedtime Selfie
    Bedtime Selfie
    Kuruki is never as happy as when she's being held in Andy's arms. Shibu inus look gentle and sweet, but they can actually be a little standoffish to people other than their owners! So this pose is reserved only for the people that Kuruki loves most.
  • A Surprising Pose
    A Surprising Pose
    Andy says he was lying on his bed trying to cool down one summer day when he looked down and was surprised to find Kuruki settling in in this unusual spot. If only Kuruki could talk. We'd very much like to ask her "what are you even doing there?"
  • An Early-Morning Walk
    An Early-Morning Walk
    When Kuruki came home as a tiny puppy, she caused some major changes in her humans' lives! The biggest thing? Early morning walks! In summer, when the sun rises early, Kuruki is there to wake Andy up at 5 o'clock every morning. In the winter she's a little more forgiving and waits until 6. We like to call it the "shiba alarm."
  • Making Her Own Chinstrap
    Making Her Own Chinstrap
    If you have a shiba inu, you might recognize this post. Apparently, shiba inus like have something supporting their chin, because it gives them a sense of stability!
  • The Kuruki Pendant
    The Kuruki Pendant
    Working at Japankuru, we get to interface with a lot of interesting Japanese companies, so when we were working with Japanese jewelry makers K-uno we were interested to find out that they offer "pet jewelry." During a meeting with a K-uno jewelry designer, we showed her a picture of our adorable mascot, and within minutes she'd drawn up an amazing Kuruki designーright there on the spot! Andy was so smitten that he immediately got up and paid for the design to be made into a real keychain.
  • In Fluffy Futon Heaven
    In Fluffy Futon Heaven
    Kuruki can and will beeline towards any fluffy, freshly-washed blankets in her vicinity! (And she can and will be asleep within five seconds.)
  • Aiming for Stardom
    Aiming for Stardom
    We believe in you, Kuruki!
  • Without a Care in the World
    Without a Care in the World
    Just a lazy weekend nap on the couch. When you're with Kuruki, everything revolves around her. That's just how life works!
  • Another Surprising Pose
    Another Surprising Pose
    Andy says he was so shocked when he walked into the room that he didn't even know what to do, and just... walked out. "I'll ask her later," he thought.
  • Kuruki's Everyday Routine
    Kuruki's Everyday Routine
    Kuruki... showing off her cute behind? Showing off the beautiful backdrop, perhaps?

    Just a snapshot of everyday doggy life! In Japan, with so many people and dogs living in crowded city areas, they don't just scoop up poopーthey also pour water wherever dogs pee, to rinse it away!
  • A Dignified Moment
    A Dignified Moment
    Look closely, and you'll see that Kuruki has a lovely yogurt goatee.
  • A Commanding Presence
    A Commanding Presence
    You... you, be human.
  • The Magic of Heated Floors
    The Magic of Heated Floors
    Sometimes the warm floors are just too.. comfy... and you just... can't... stay....


    Unfortunately, Kuruki has one naughty habitーeven though she's house trained, sometimes rugs are just too temptingly grass-like! So Andy has to keep his floors bare. A small sacrifice!
  • An Irresistible Face
    An Irresistible Face
    Andy says he that when he sees Kuruki looking like this, he's inspired to work hard and get rich... so he can buy her everything in the world! Dogs will do that to you!
  • A Birthday!?
    A Birthday!?
    Count the birthday candles, and you'll see... poor Kuruki, this birthday cake isn't for you! But Kuruki was still the life of the party.
  • A Born Runner
    A Born Runner
    At the age of two, Kuruki hit her stride and began to run at full speed. But like many dogs, she grew a little quieter as she grew older, and she had calmed down quite a bit by the age of four―taking walks at a more relaxed pace. But at the age of 5, she seemed to hit the pavement with new motivation, and began to enjoy a morning jog!
  • "How long have you been here?"
    When she's all alone, Kuruki crawls into bed and rolls around in the sheets that smell like her humans. Sometimes, she gets caught in the act.
  • Kuruki Asleep
    Kuruki Asleep
    Kuruki has three beds. First, there's the sofa. Then, there's a cushy, luxurious dog bed just for her. But her favorite by far is... Andy's bed.
  • Why?
    Kuruki seems to be fond of feet. But maybe that's just all dogs? They do tend to sleep at the foot of the bed!
  • One Foot in the Air
    One Foot in the Air
    A standard sleeping pose: one front paw stretched straight out into thin air. Is that really comfortable, Kuruki?
  • A Pounce
    A Pounce
    Don't tempt Kuruki with treats. You might just get hurt!
  • Charging
    Plug Kuruki in, and she goes very still.
  • The Chin
    The Chin
    Remember how much shiba inus love having their chin supported? Well, for Kuruki, a lot of the time that support comes in the shape of an arm or leg!
  • Kuruki, Japankuru's Cutest Mascot
    Kuruki, Japankuru's Cutest Mascot
    For Andy, and for all of us on the Japankuru team, Kuruki adds a little fun to each and every day. It's already been six years since Kuruki was adopted and brought home from Tochigi―half a doggy lifetime! We're doing our best to treasure every day we have with this adorable shiba inu, so please continue to enjoy her adorable pictures with us! See more of Kuruki on her official Facebook page!

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Basic Info
NameKuruki 🐾
Kuruki the Shiba Inu

My name is Kuruki, born in the fall in a place called Tochigi,
and though my fur looks pale and white, I'm only 6, believe me!
Every day at 6 and 9 I go for walks in Tokyo parks,
but don't you dare miss a day, or you'll feel my bites and barks!

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