Google Dog View is a new easter egg from the Mountain View company that allows you to explore the Japanese prefecture of Akita Street View way, but with the adorable dogs of the same name. Google employees have mounted a 360 ° camera on two of these soft toys, and take us to a snowy mountain trail, with hot baths from a hot spring, near the "tomb of the old dog", a bronze statue with the effigy of the local Pedigree, as well as the Akita Dog Museum. Do you love dogs, and spend hours on Google Street View? Google launches, in partnership with the city of Odate, Akita prefecture (Japan), Google "Dog View" – a kind of Google Street View easter egg in which the 360 ° camera is not carried by a car / a Google employee, but by two dogs Akita – a mountain dog become famous thanks to the internet – named Ako and Asura. This "Dog View" is of course aimed, by the way, to increase awareness of the Japanese city of Odate abroad.
Google "Dog View": explore Akita Street View with two dogs
Odate is part of Akita Prefecture, the region from which the dogs of the same name originate. The history of this city is inseparable from these dogs, also very popular in Japan. A special Akita is also entitled to a bronze statue in front of Shibuya station (in Tokyo) – it is the statue of the dog Hachiko called "faithful dog" which celebrates the loyalty of these dogs to their masters. In the 1920s, Hachiko accompanied his teacher Hidesaburo Ueno, a university teacher, every day at Shibuya station and came to wait for him every night at the same station.
In 1925 his master died of an apoplexy at his workplace. Hachiko continued to wait for his master at the station for 10 years, until he died in his turn … Since then, many other statues have been built with the image of Hachiko. Aki and Asura's 360 ° camera will allow you to discover the beautiful snowy mountains of Odate, a warm foot bath of hot springs, the "Tomb of the Old Dog", the Akita Dog Museum, and the famous statue of Hachiko.
We suggest you explore the prefecture by dog with this map and this video. And we hope that Google will offer this kind of quirky explorations in other cities of the world!
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