Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Hachiko

Hachiko is a statue at Shibuya station. It's been there since 1934, save for a brief period during WWII when it left Japan in the form of shell casings. It's probably one of the more popular meeting spots in Tokyo, partly because of it's location (namely, right outside one of Tokyo's busiest stations, in the middle of Tokyo's best-known recreational hangout), and partly because of it's distinctiveness (saying 'let's meet at Hachiko' nails things down quite a bit better than, say,'let's meet at McDonalds.')

Now why, you might be asking, would there be a statue in honor of some random Akita? Well, there's a story to it of course. Hachiko, in his younger days, belonged to a professor at the University of Tokyo. Every day, the dog would wait for it's master at the train station. Then, his master died. No one told the dog, however, and for the rest of his life he went back to the train station every day and waited for his master.

Kind of touching, when you think about it.

1 Comments:

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Shavonne said...

That's really sad. Akitas are beautiful dogs. I have one in my backyard.

 

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