Meet KINAKO, Marugame’s Beloved Dog.

MARUGAME, Japan, November 2023. While walking around the city, we spotted this statue of a labrador and got curious.

Marugame Dog

This is Kinako, who was trained to be a police dog since 2004 but failed the exam year after year. Her story captured the hearts of the people and made her an icon. Finally, after 7 attempts, Kinako passed the test and officially served the city through the Kagawa Prefectural Police until she retired in 2013.

As Tokyo’s Hachiko symbolizes unwavering loyalty, Marugame’s Kinako represents unrelenting determination to succeed.

This monument was built in her honor after she passed away in 2017. She was 14 years old.

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