It’s more then happiness and more then joy – you wouldn’t believe if you didn’t see, but the expression on this doggie’s face will tell you everything. Japanese photographer Masayo Ishizuki captures the beauty of Hitachi Seaside Park in Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture, through her artistic muse – Hachi, the handsome Shiba Inu. With her lens, she snaps photos of Hachi posed against gorgeous floral backdrops of the millions of flowers that bloom inside the park. Ishizuki has been a photographer, working with a single-lens reflex camera, since 2016 – only one year before she got Hachi. Through the photos, this sweet pup gives off an infectious warmth. If you fell in love with this Ishizuki’s photo series head over to Hachi’s Instagram Page and visit your new favorite Shiba Inu pup.
Meet Hachi – the happiest Shiba Inu you can find on social networks these days and his lovely human photographer Masayo Ishizuki.
Just like the iconic flowers the canine likes to frolic in, the Shiba Inu is a symbol of Japan.
Because of their lineage and personality, Shibas are the number one companion dog in Japan, according to the American Kennel Club.
Shiba Inu has become so intertwined into Japanese culture that they have three different words to describe “the essence of a Shiba”. Kan-i – which refers to their alertness and bravery; Ryosei – which means being good-natured, loyal, and obedient; and Soboku – which describes their easy, natural good looks.
Photo series with Hachi are set at Hitachi Seaside Park, which is home to a wide variety of colorful flowers and grasses that bloom throughout the seasons.
The park houses an estimated 4.5 million nemophila plants which, when in season, make the fields look as blue as the sky above them. Other flowers that can be found are tulips, sunflowers, narcissi, poppies, and kochia, which turns the fields red in the autumn.
Ishizuki started taking photos of Hachi and posting them to his own Instagram page back in 2012. because as she said – “he looks really sharp in flowers and is ridiculously cute”.
And we had to agree, even more then that. Just look at this face!