Ways to Humiliate Your Dog

I found this at Asakusa last year as I was hitting the pavements looking for something cute and interesting to add to our product lines.  These are Geisha “wigs” for dogs.  Too cute.   They also had Samurai ones for your little boy dogs.  I don’t have a dog but I seriously considered getting one just so I can put this ridiculous thing on its head.  What good is a pet if it can’t entertain you?


You can also get toy squeaky sushi for your dog since who doesn’t love some good sushi?

Sushi Squeakers

And yes, the sign to the left of the dog wigs say that you are not supposed to take pictures.  I didn’t see that until I took the shot…  yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

or if you prefer your pooch to have a bit more pizazz and personality, you can always get these:

rugs for your pugs
extensions for your yorkies

if Cujo had been able to express himself with a pink wig, who knows how many people would have been spared?

ahh, Japan.


Potato, Miya, Leif

The name, “Miya” is short for Miyahira, the name of the company’s founder.  He, himself, was known as Mr. Miya, as he shortened his name to make it easier for non-Japanese people to say.  So it may be quicker to say but it’s still not that easy to pronounce.

It is pronounced “Mee-ya” although most people pronounce it like “Maya.”  In English, it makes sense to read it that way, of course, so no one is going to blame you for doing this.  We’re pretty used to being called the name of an ancient civilization (who knew a lot more than they should have.  A very interesting bunch…)

And it’s not that big of a deal.  I’m pretty sure we mispronounce most of our customers’ names when they are not of English (or Japanese) origin.  Feel free to correct us, by the way!

I mean, remember when Leif Garret was “Leaf” Garret?   People called him that for decades until I guess he finally decided to correct everyone.  Now he’s quite adamant that he’s “Layf” Garret…  (This is what I learned from watching Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.  Another interesting bunch, I might add.)   Why didn’t we know this?  I mean, did Kristy McNichol call him Leaf too?  Poor dude, all this time, tween girls calling out to him in the street or at concerts by the wrong name.  I mean, I feel bad for him for a lot of reasons but this is what I’m focusing on right now.  He sang too, right?  Maybe I’m thinking of Shaun Cassidy.

Anyway, so while we are quite happy with anyone calling us at all, just a note for anyone who might be into this sort of thing – it’s actually Mee-ya.

Blogging Blues

We’re a small business so when faced with the task of blogging regularly, I turned to my fellow Miya colleagues (Miya-ites?  Miya-mians? Miya-mis?) and asked if they would like to contribute to our blog.  I was met with the sound of lonely crickets.

The most interesting part of the business is really the buying trips in my opinion since one gets to see some great stuff before anyone else.  Bob, our fearless CEO (and also my fearful husband) goes on buying trips several times a year and he’s the one I rely on for great pictures and stories during his trips.

Well, Bob was just in China and Japan and he promised to get some good material for the blog.  As I browse the images he brought home I realize he has his priorities.  Here are some of his pictures.  See if you can find a theme….


and finally, it looks like he managed to go look for something we can sell in between his foodie crawls.

something we can actually sell.

welcome home Bob!