April 18, 2007

Hachikō Statue in Shibuya

POST #    2454

Just outside the Shibuya Station, there's a statue of a dog. It's not just any dog, but Hachikō, an Akita so loyal that they made a statue for him. At the start of the day, Hachikō would see his owner off and at the end, Hachikō would meet his owner outside Shibuya Station. Even after his owner's death, Hachikō would wait at the station for his owner. He did this for 11 years! Apparently, they found yakitori skewers in the dog's stomach after his death, so his daily appearance may not have been out of loyalty alone.

The original statue, erected in 1934, was "recycled" for WWII, but this new statue has been there since 1948.

Posted by tien mao in Culture, Japan, Photos, Travel at 8:22 AM

 

 

i am such a sucker for dog stories. awww.

Posted by: el at April 18, 2007 12:13 PM

i remember that dog from the amazing race.

Posted by: rachelle at April 18, 2007 2:03 PM

that story always makes me crrrrryyyy!

tho i didn't know about the skewers... sounds like a myth separate from the myth to me. who goes autopsying a stray dog's stomach??? that doesn't make any sense.

Posted by: rion at April 18, 2007 3:07 PM

well, i was using a wiki article for reference...so who knows.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 18, 2007 3:16 PM

I love that story.

Posted by: Jen Chung at April 23, 2007 10:47 PM

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