The following is a collection of 60 names based around Osaka's food, culture, and fun facts. These names are exclusively about Osaka, not the rest of Japan, so if that's exactly what you had in mind, you're right where you need to be! Now pull out that pen and paper to take notes!
Osaka Dog Names in Pop Culture
And well, that kind of started a whole thing in Osaka, as well as the rest of Japan, and now the meme community. Considered a national treasure, the Shiba Inu is one of six dog breeds from Japan, and is widely regarded as one of the most loyal, clean breeds in existence. These small to medium sized dogs were originally bred for hunting, but have now become more of a trend.
They have long, thick fur, pointed ears, and tails that curl over their backs. Sometimes the tails droop, making them even more adorable when they walk. And the Japanese people have taken notice. As a nation that thrives off of trends, the Shibu Inu is everywhere. They are in most homes, most pet shops, and even have a cafe dedicated to 10 of them right outside Osaka. There is also another in the heart of Tokyo.
Although the shop where it all began closed down in October of 2015, the trend that Shiba-kun left behind lives on. In fact, there have been other Shiba Inu that have fueled the viral trend even more, such as Kabosu, the Japanese dog behind the doge meme. This is the one where he was caught on camera doing an awkward side-eyed glance. His six-second Vine videos went viral, spread like wildfire, and soon got made into the funniest dog related images of our generation.
Then there was Instagram's most famous Shiba Inu, named Maru Taro. His 2.3 million followers love seeing his squinty-eyed grin. Picture a fluffy, kind of chubby, dog just sitting down with a happy grin and squinty eyes. He's gloriously funny, and adorable to boot.
It's no wonder this breed is making the leap from the internet into mainstream pop products like billboard advertisements, commercials, pens, notebooks, stickers, patches and more. Even celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon and getting these dogs just to be considered"in."
But remember, although it's all in good fun, pets aren't trends. Each year, upwards of 80% of shelter animals are euthanized in Japan due to overcrowding. These animals get abandoned once a trend is over, and then get put to sleep. So keep that in mind, and make sure your dog is shown the love and respect that every animal deserves!
Osaka Dog Name Considerations
Names that sound puny and cuddly, maybe even cute, don't quite work for big dogs, unless you're looking to be ironic or funny. Names that resound and convey images of grandeur work best on the larger breeds, but when paired with a small dog, it winds up being comical. At the end of the day, you have to gauge when a name works and when you're just trying to be funny with it. Finally, remember that Osaka is full of history. It's a modern blend of new and old. There is a lot of meaning in a lot of what they do. Be mindful, and don't be afraid to look into any references you may not understand.