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Photo Friday: Poop bag from Japan

Two Fridays ago, I posted reader Kate’s picture of a Czech poop bag, and today I have one for you from Japan, thanks to reader Deena. Here’s what she wrote:

“I wanted to add to your poop bag photo collection by sending photos of poop bags in Japan! These attached are of a brand of poop bags called ‘Poita-kun’ which are very popular with dog owners here. The bag has a layer of paper towel-like material on the outside, so when you pick up the poop and turn the bag inside out the poop is enclosed in a thin flushable paper towel within the bag. This makes it easy to open the bag and flush the poop after you get home.”

Such a smart design — and how interesting that the appropriate thing there is not to dispose of the sacks in a public trashcan, but rather to bring them home and flush them.

“My favorite part of the bag is the dog illustration on it, though. As you can see, the dog is holding his own poop in a bag with one hand (in Japan poop is always drawn in a soft-serve ice cream-type shape) and doing a peace sign with his other hand!”

I had to look twice, but Deena’s right — there’s poop in that bag, hovering like a goldfish in a sack of water.

Deena’s in the midst of figuring out how to move from Tokyo to Ireland with Ichigo, her Toy Poodle, and her cat Hime. Here they are:

What beauties! Chloe does that exact same froggy thing Ichigo is doing with his back legs, but she’d be nervous this close to one of our cats.

She thinks they’ll both have to enter Ireland as cargo, but she’s making it as easy as possible for them by bringing them in-cabin to Frankfurt. “By the way,” she adds, “I have the Sleepypod Air carrier and have used it for both my toy poodle and my cat on trains, buses, etc. I love it!”

Thanks so much, Deena, for the great pictures, and for the insights into living with a pet dog (and cat) in Tokyo. I’m curious now, myself, and will dig into the issue of entering Ireland with pets. Safe travels to you and the furry ones, and please let us know how it goes, and how you find living with them in Ireland! I’m making this another honorary member of Dog Jaunt’s scoop law sign collection. To see others, click on the “scoop law” tag below this post, or type “scoop law” in the search box.


  • Deena

    Thanks for publishing this! I think one of the reasons people are encouraged to flush after they get home is the lack if public garbage cans here in Japan… It’s impossible to find a garbage can on the street! It’s amazing (and wonderful) Tokyo stays as clean as it does. One thing that I have found a bit bizarre about Japan is that as a result of most small dogs being trained to use pee pads indoors here, on the streets you find signs that say things such as “The street is not a toilet. Have your dog relieve him/herself at home before you come on your walk.” I understand the importance of cleaning up after your dog outside, but making your dog pee/poop indoors before going on a walk seems a bit counterintuitive….doesn’t that go against a dog’s instincts?? Anyway, Ichigo loves her walks and doesn’t use pee pads, so like most dog walkers in my neighborhood I carry a supply of these poop bags and a bottle of water to splash wherever Ichigo pees and keep the neighbors happy! 🙂

  • Monica McLaughlin

    Take the poop home and flush it?! Wow.

    I live in NYC and my dogs poop on paper towels which I then put into zip lock bags. I think it is disgusting how the far majority of dog owners let their dogs poop on the sidewalk and then leave poop schmears behind. So unsanitary!

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