Tokyo: Hachiko Statue

Located near Shibuya Station in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Prefecture in Japan, Hachikō Statue is one of the most famous and most visited statue in Japan.

Erected in April 1934, Hachikō Statue was created to the likeness of Hachikō, an Akita dog owned by Hidesaburo Ueno a university professor at the University of Tokyo. Hachikō is known and remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner which continued for many years after his owner's death.
Hachikō Statue
Hachikō's Story:

Hachikō was born in November 10, 1923 and he was taken as a pet by Hidesaburo Ueno in 1924. Every afternoon, Hachikō would always wait for Prof. Ueno at the at the nearby Shibuya Station. However, on May 1925 Professor Ueno suffered cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to meet his dog at Shibuya Station. Each day, Hachikō would return to the station appearing precisely when the train was due to arrive.

Hachikō waiting for his master at the old train station

Hachikō attracted the attention of the station workers and many of the people who frequented the station. His story was first published in Asahi Shimbum on October 4, 1932. After that, his popularity rose and people started bringing him treats. He was even present when his original bronze statue was erected on April 1934. The statue found today is a replica of that statue. The original one was recycled for the war effort during World War II. 
Hachikō final photo
Sadly, Hachikō joined his master on March 8, 1935. In total he faithfully waited for Prof. Ueno for nine years, nine months and fifteen days. In March 2011, scientists settled his cause of death. According to them he had terminal cancer and a filaria infection. There are also four yakitori skewers found in his stomach but it did not cause any damage nor cause his death.
1st year anniversary celebration of Hachikō's death
Hachikō's stuffed remains in the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo
We visited Hachikō Statue on the last day of our stay in the Chiba Prefecture after our trip to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. It was my wife who really insisted that we visit the famous statue (She is a big fan). I'm thankful that our Japanese family was supportive of that wish and really brought us to Shibuya despite the distance from the theme parks. When we first saw the statue we were star struck (particularly my wife). Later on she would post pictures of Filipino celebrities that have visited the statue and she included our pictures of course. (Hahaha! Way to go!)
Ella with her Hachikō cap.
Family picture time w/ Hachikō
Overall, although small and partially tucked in the corner, the statue still attracts plenty of tourists. So if you're planning to visit you have to do it early in the morning or sometime in the night when people would least visit it.

Getting there: 

From Haneda International Airport, ride the Keikyu Line train to Shinagawa Station. From there transfer to the JR Yamanote Line going to Shibuya Station.
Outside Shibuya Station

From Shibuya Station, Hachikō Statue's just a few meters away from the entrance going to Shibuya Crossing.

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