Runway Pooch Tokyo Dog Fashion Poodle and Dachshund

Typhoon Phanfone was raging on the street of Tokyo by mid-afternoon Sunday 5 October 2014. I happened to be in Japan, a country I’d been dreaming about visiting for years. Weather channels were having a ball reporting how dramatic the category 4 tropical cyclone was, causing the city to stand still and shutting down airports.

I decided to brave the storm and carry on my pilgrimage to the streets of Naka Meguro, a quiet upper middle class neighbourhood where locals parade their frocked-up dogs on Sunday afternoons. No surprise at all, those fashion-conscious, puppucino-sipping, pram-riding Japanese pooches were nowhere to been seen in this crazy weather. Feeling slightly disappointed, I was determined to make my trip worthwhile anyway. Time to hit the shops for my baby Noodle!

Thanks to my iPhone GPS, it didn’t take me long to find Snobbish Babies, a doggie fashion boutique extravaganza that also sells hooman clothing. As I walked into the store, my eyes instantly opened up as wide as could be, like a 3-year-old walking into a candy store for the first time…