Sunday, September 13, 2009
The faithful dog Hachiko statue in Shibuya station, is one of the most popular meeting points in the station, the statue is located very close to the Shibuya crossing.
The statue is dedicated to Hachiko, an Akita dog that in 1924 greeted every day his master return, a Tokyo University professor, at the shibuya station until 1925 when the professor didn’t return as it had suffered a stroke at the University and died, never returning home. The dog continued visiting the station for 10 years until his death, still waiting and searching for his master among the commuters.
The dog story has been made into movies several times, the most recent in the 2009 movie Hachiko: A dog story, starring Richard Gere.