Akitainu Hozonkai (Akiho)
Akiho was established in 1927 by Mr. Shigeie Izumi , who was the mayor of Odate at that time. However, as mentioned by Mr. Hirokichi (pen name: Hiroshi) Saito , Akiho then was in name only with no members until 1934, when it began to function as an organization. Akiho was incorporated on May 28, 1953. Branches were established in various areas around 1949 or 1960 to hold shows and meetings. After the Akiho's Eleventh Nationwide Show of 1947, the name was changed to the Akiho Headquarters Show which was held in Odate on May 3 of the following year, 1948. From 1951, the annual headquarters show had been held semiannually in the Spring and Fall. The Akiho's Nineteenth Headquarters Show was held on April 5, 1953 in Nagoya and was held there subsequently three times. The 22nd show was held in Osaka. The Spring Headquarters Show has been held regularly in Odate since the 28th Show of 1955, while the Fall Shows were alternated between Nagoya and Osaka. The 37th Headquarters Show was held in Tokyo in 1960. Since that time, the Fall Headquarters Show has been held in the Kanto, Tokai, Kansai, Shikoku and the Kyushu regions after the regional headquarters were established. Regional headquarters have now been established in the Tohoku, Hokuriku and Chugoku Regions. Today, the number of Akiho branches exceeds fifty nationwide. Almost all of the branches hold two dog shows each year with periodical meetings.
The Akiho headquarters is located in Odate, the site of origin of the Akita dog. From the beginning, a strong awareness as the place of origin with tendency to the centralization of power at the headquarters existed. However, as more branches are being established, many of the headquarters officers and trustees are being selected from other areas of Japan. The annual general and board meetings are still held at the headquarters in Odate and some inconveniences are encountered by those living outside of Odate. However, the meetings are well attended for now.
The majority of Akita dog kennel and dog shop owners nationwide are members of Akiho and some are on the board of trustees at the headquarters. This may lead to the further growth of Akiho as the Akita dog gains in popularity. The Akiho dog shows may occasionally present a promotional opportunity for some Akita dog dealers. This may differ from the Nippo and Akikyo shows.
Akiho has about fifty qualified judges, who seem to be ever always under the watchful eyes of Akiho fans. These judges were selected mainly through recommendations until about 5 or 6 years ago.; Today, judges are selected through examinations. However, the lack of uniformity in evaluating the Akita dog seems evident. Some attribute this to the large number of judges from different parts of the country. This is regrettable from the standpoints of the preservation of a natural monument, improvement of the breed, and the different viewpoints held by those who enter their dogs. Personal preferences of the judges may differ, often resulting in the changing of the ranking of dogs at the Akiho dog shows. Thus, in some cases, the larger the number of entries, the uneasier the atmosphere could become after the final decisions. This could often lead to heated debates. On the other hand, this could also lead to much increased interest among the breeders. The variations in the judges' evaluations could also be looked upon as a broader outlook on the dogs thatare shown, and bases for more discussions.
The Akitainu Hozonkai (Akiho) is the largest single Japanese dog breed organization in Japan with more than 30,000 Akita dog registrations and a membership exceeding 10,0000 last year (1972). This organization has achieved much and continues to do so. Therefore, it seems that of the three Akita dog organizations, Akiho has the most support and trust from the Akita dog lovers today.
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