The Last Samurai Inspired Dog Names In Pop Culture
Kamikaze-go was gifted to Ms. Keller by a man named Ichiro Ogasawara. Keller received the gift as a sort of "thank you" from the citizens of Japan to the world famous author. You see, Helen Keller was a really big deal in Japan - millions of citizens read her books, admiring her willpower and perseverance despite her blindness and inability to hear. Incidentally, Keller loved to travel whenever she got the chance. By the time Ms. Keller was fifty years old, Keller had decided that she wanted to visit Japan. Keller was explicitly motivated to stop by the Akita district after she had heard of the story of Hachiko.
For those who don't know, Hachiko was an Akita that spent his entire life waiting for his long lost master to return to him. Keller was inspired by the dog's extreme devotion to their master and wanted to get an Akita of her own. Ichiro Ogasawara was a renowned Akita breeder who lived in the Akita district. When word spread that Keller was hoping to adopt an Akita of her own, Ogasawara was asked if he could help her out. In response, Ichiro Ogasawara presented Helen Keller with Kamikaze-go and implored her to take him back to the United States.
Keller and Kamikaze-go traveled back to America and spent tons of time bonding with one another. When Kamikaze-go suddenly passed away after about a month's time, Ms. Keller was heartbroken. Word traveled back to Ichiro Ogasawara not long afterward. The Akita breeder felt that he needed to do something to help ease Keller's pain and make things right. To that end, another Akita was sent to Ms. Keller - Kamikaze-go's younger brother. The younger Akita was named Kenzan-go and lived with Keller until he passed away in the mid-1940s. Both Kamikaze-go and Kenzan-go helped show the rest of the world how awesome Akita's could be and the breed's popularity blossomed.