"Hachinko, Japan's Most Faithful Dog" The Statue of Hachi (HACHI-KO) Tip by Rodan44

The Statue of Hachi (HACHI-KO), Tokyo: 9 reviews and 13 photos

  Hachinko Statue, Shibuya
by Rodan44

Just outside an entrance to Shibuya Station is a bronze statue of an akita dog. The statue honors Japan's most famous and beloved dog, Hachinko.

Hachinko was born in Akita in 1923 and was first brought to Tokyo in 1924. He and his owner, Mr. Eisaburo Uyeno, were inseparable friends right from the start. Each day "Hachi" would accompany Eisaburo, a professor at the Imperial University, to the train station when he left for work. Upon returning, the professor would find the dog patiently waiting, tail wagging. This happy routine continued until one fateful day in 1925, when the professor fell ill on the job and tragically died before he could return home.

Despite the fact that Hachiko was less than two years old at the time, the bond between dog and owner was strong. Hachiko continued to wait each day at Shibuya station for a friend who was never coming back. At times, he wouldn't return home for days at a stretch.

The Akita became a familiar sight to commuters as he kept his vigil for over ten years. On March 8, 1935, Hachiko finally went to meet his master. He died on the very same spot he last saw his friend alive.

The people who passed the loyal dog each day were so touched by his story that they erected a statue in his honor in 1934. The famous artist Ando Teru was commissioned for the original bronzed sculpture, which was melted down during the war. After the war, Hachiko was hardly forgotten. In 1948 The Society For Recreating The Hachiko Statue commissioned Ando Tekeshi, son of the original artist who had since passed away, to make a second statue, which is the one still seen today.

Address: 2-1 Dogen Zaka, Shibuya-ku
Directions: Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station

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  • Written Dec 7, 2004
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