Sapporo, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, is best known for beer, skiing and its annual snow festival. Thanks to the Twitterverse, Ken, a perky, four-year-old red Shiba Inu, is now also on its list of attractions. On weekends and holidays, the dog can be found behind the counter of Inu no Yakiimo-ya-san—Dog’s Roasted Sweet Potato Stand—in one of the city’s residential areas.

In Japan, roasted sweet potatoes (yaki imo) are a popular go-to street food and, like vendors selling hot dogs or pretzels in the US, stands offering them can be found everywhere. But, as far as we know, the stand overseen by Ken is the only one with a dog on counter duty.

It’s a simple transaction: deposit 200 yen (a little less than $2) in the coin slot and take a foil-wrapped sweet potato from the warming box. No change is available (for obvious reasons) and Sonoto Murayama, Ken’s owner, donates…

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