Akiyama no Roushya is operated by C.J. with the help of family, co-owners, and close friends. C.J. is a canine behavior specialist, dog trainer, and animal care provider by trade with an education in behavioral psychology and conservation biology. They joined the Nihon Ken community in 2009 in search of assistance for a client's Shikoku Ken. They became interested in Kishu Ken in 2010 but did not obtain their first Kishu Ken until 2014.
In 2014, Kishu-Ken.org was published to bring as much unbiased information to English as possible from native Japanese sources, from early publications, and from scholarly articles. In 2015 the kennel moved from Rhode Island to Oregon and has grown since. We added Shikoku to our kennel in 2020 after the passing of TK (O'IKon's Takoda) earlier in that year.
Akiyama no Roushya is an in-home kennel situated in the wet, temperate rainforest of the Willamette Valley in the very first city west of the Rocky Mountains to become incorporated. Only 40 minutes from the lush, steep, volcanic mountain range of the Cascades. We enjoy hiking, camping, and adventures in both urban centers and the wilderness the Mount Hood National Forest has to offer us.
The terrain and flora here is quite similar to that of the Kii peninsula of Japan, and our dogs are well-suited for romps from town to the woods. We invite any prospective Kishu or Shikoku owners into our home or on a hike.