This is a news story that alerted me to the book “Dog Man: An Uncommon Life On A Far Away Mountain. It’s about a man and his Akitas and, if my search inside books.google.com is any indication, there is no mention of Shibas at all. However, from the reviews, it provides a great deal of information on life in Japan and the Japanese attitude towards their dogs. The author spent a great deal of time with Morie Sawataishi and his wife, Kitako, learning about him and his work with Akitas.
I’m hoping to find this at the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Once I do, I’ll come back and tell you fine people what I think of it.