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The swarm of tourists was the first to catch my attention when I emerged from Shibuya Station. Curious (as usual), I swooshed to their direction and found a tail. And a tale, too.

It’s a story I have long been familiar with even before this trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. A statue of Hachiko, the faithful dog, sits comfortably in the middle of circular benches where many locals and tourists alike pass the time.

Faithful dog Hachiko
Faithful dog Hachiko

Like many of these people, Hachiko used to spend much of his time waiting right outside the station. He was a golden brown Akita dog (a large spitz breed common in Japan’s mountainous regions). One day in 1924, University of Tokyo professor Hidesaburo Ueno took notice of him and took him as a pet. Over a year, they developed a friendship and routine: at the end of each day, Hachiko would wait for the professor at the station and greet him just after work.

One day in May 1925, the professor did not show up. He had died after a cerebral hemorrhage.

For the next nine years, Hachiko continued to return to the same spot to wait for his friend, getting the attention of the passersby who grew curious of his presence. A journalist might have had more interest because Hachiko’s story was published on Asahi Shimbun, a morning paper, in October 1932. It touched the hearts of many commuters, some even bringing him food.

In April 1934, Hachiko was back at Shibuya Station. This time, a bronze statue, erected in celebration of his loyalty, was unveiled. Almost a year later, on 8 March 1935, Hachiko was found dead on a street nearby. He had terminal cancer. His statue remains standing on its west end, where he continues to wait and wait.

How to get to Shibuya Crossing: Take the train to Shibuya Station and then use Hachiko Exit. Shibuya Crossing is that crowded intersection right in front of you when you come out of the station.

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Ana Amor Austria

lets meet him ayiiiii :)

Rain Orttiz

I’ve watch the movie of hachiko!it’s amazing seeing an animal so much attach to his master!!!!

Myrna Regua-ferrer

We watched the film from a TV station. It’s a heartwarming story of friendship of dog & his master.

Rhina Retales

Aside from the statue of hachiko, amazed din ako sa flow ng mga tao na tumatawid sa street, di man lang sila nag babangaan..

Joy Bustamante-Hilado

Amazing story, I cried watching this movie; I have a lump in my throat.

Sunshine I. Regala

yeah,saw this too!

Emma Miller

Hachicko is amazing dog. I love how faithful, and loyal to his friend and I amaze hachiko patients waiting to his friend for 9 years. This blog hit me so hard because im a dog lover and i hope all my dogs are same to him. Hachicko has a huge impact to all people specially to all dog lover. It gives a moral lesson to all of us about patient and loyalty.