The A 5 size paperback book has 56 pages and 18 color illustrations made by Tamara Mouthaan from Belgium.
"Living with a Shiba is a privilege. We all Shiba owners are very lucky, we know that - isnt like that? Marjo Puranen has written a book which is illustrated by Tamara Mouthaan and is called “Nine Tails to the Inaridou”. The story starts with this idea that the Shiba has chosen its family and leads the reader to consider the idea further. Who made the decision for the Shiba to join the family? Did the owner choose a Shiba or was the other way round?
As you read the story, you may notice that Inari-Shiba is revealed into being something quite other than just a pet dog. Inari weaves the plot and demands to turn page after another. The story, which not only leads the reader to follow a Finnish family and their life with their Shibas, includes also Japanese religiosity or spirituality and culture on its diverse paths, or at least leads to their origin. The story also helps the reader to reflect on their own life and its choices, and shows how differently you can move towards the same objectives in life.
The book is interspersed with the Japanese ancient believes, mythology and of a description of the modern every day life as well as the mystique of Shibas. This little book can lead the reader to in-depth reflections and delight in the middle of a busy life. It tells how the nature of Shibas in general can teach us how to live, if only we listen. If you feel your relationship to your Shiba to be specific, I recommend explore in this book." – Tia Järvinen, editor of the Finnish Shiba magazine
In this book the fascination of Shiba as a breed is exported to a whole new level as well with the help of the storys heroes and the books illustration. The black cover of the book is decorated with a fabulous white fox, which nine tails invite the viewer to grasp the book. The whole illustration is enchantingly fabulous and brings the whole story to life in a different way.