Shibuya Crossing is an extremely busy and famous pedestrian scramble crossing in the fashionable Shibuya district. Shibuya Crossing is frequently used to depict Tokyo. Shibuya Cross Read more [...]
Hachiko Statue is a statue of a famous dog who possessed legendary loyalty to his owner. Hachiko Statue has become a popular tourist attraction and meeting place between Shibuya Station and the Shibuya Crossing.
The true story of Hachiko the dog, who was a golden brown male Akita Inu (a Japanese breed from the mountains of northern Japan), who would arrive at Shibuya Station every afternoon just to wait for the return of his master Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. This pattern went on for just over a year, until one day in 1932 Professor Hidesaburo Ueno did not return. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while away at work and died. For the next nine years, Hachiko continued to arrive at the station at just the right time to meet the train that should carry his master. Over these nine years, the fame of Hachiko grew with several articles in the newspapers. The story of Hachiko is often told to children as an example of great loyalty.
In addition to the Hachiko Statue at Shibuya Station, there are another two statues in Hachiko’s home town, one outside the Odate Station and another in front of the Akita Dog Museum. There is a monument to Hachiko next to his master’s grave in Aoyama cemetery. Hachiko remains were preserved and are on display at the National Museum of Nature and Science. One of the many exits from Shibuya Station has been named after Hachiko.