The Japanese are known for their love of cute critters and couture so it's no surprise that, this past weekend, Tokyo played host to the "New Year Dog Party", the country's first โ€” first? really? โ€” "human-canine fashion show". As the show's producer, Kumi Shiraishi, told the Independent: "As our population is declining, fewer women are having babies, more people are working and many people feel lonely. As a result, a pet dog is the perfect companion. Sooner or later, the number of pet dogs will be higher than the number of children. That is how much Japan loves its dogs." You can see video footage of the fashion show here. [The Independent, Reuters]