This Adorable Shiba Inu Spent Years “Working” as a Shop Assistant at a Tobacco Shop in Tokyo

Suzuki Store Run by Shiba Inu

The Suzuki Tobacco Shop in Tokyo, Japan, was popular for more than just its snack and cigarette selection. People from around the world visited the tiny store in the hopes of meeting its super-cute clerk. This was no ordinary shopboy though—the kiosk was co-run by an adorable Shiba Inu. The diligent dog, named Shiba-san, is known for sliding open the shop window to greet customers with a doggy smile. Shiba-san won the hearts of many over the years, but he’s now retired and enjoying a well-deserved rest.

“We closed the Suzuki Tobacco store on 30 October 2015,” revealed Azumy, the dog’s human and co-worker. “Shiba-san has retired as well. Sorry to disappoint you who came to see him all the way.” Despite the sad news, it’s worth reflecting on Shiba-san’s cutest moments as a shiba shopdog. Countless visitors shared videos and images from their visits to Suzuki, revealing Shiba-san’s surprising professionalism. As well as sliding open the window for each customer, he loved to show off the store’s selection of cucumbers, and he was always happy to receive some pets and scratches. When he wasn’t working, Shiba-san would have a nap by the window until the next customer arrived.

Check out photos and videos of Shiba-san, the now-retired shop clerk below. If you're interested in seeing how his retirement life is going, you can follow his owner on Instagram.

Meet Shiba-san, the now-retired shop assistant at the former Suzuki Tobacco Shop in Tokyo, Japan.

 

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All images via Azumy.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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