Mimicking his master, priest Joei Yoshikuni, a 1½-year-old black-and-white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers at Naha’s Shuri Kannondo temple, sitting up on his hind legs and putting his front paws together before the altar.
It took him a few days to learn the motions, and now he is the talk of the town.
“Word has spread, and we are getting a lot more tourists,” Mr. Yoshikuni said.
“I think he saw me doing it all the time and got the idea to do it, too,” Mr. Yoshikuni said.
The priest now is trying to teach his dog how to meditate — sort of.
“Basically, I am just trying to get him to sit still while I meditate,” he explained. “It’s not like we can make him cross his legs.”