The master of the Ichihara family couldn’t pay an annual visit to the Ise Grand Shrine because of illness.
Instead, he sent his dog “Shiro”, a white Akita-dog, to the shrine.
He put a note describing the route that also said “Please show this dog the way as he understands what people say. Please help him.” into a bag together with the travel expense and put it around Shiro’s neck. Then, he had Shiro start for the travel to the Ise Grand Shrine.
After 2 months, Shiro came home safely, walking for about 1,300km.
In the bag is the bill and memorandum of receipt of donations for Ise Jingu Shrine, food costs, as well as the remaining travel expenses.
“Shiro” became popular in the city and loved by everyone, but died three years later. It is an event from 1804 to 1831.
Photogrammetry from 356 photos.
Address is Jonenji Temple, Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan