Photo by Leng Chang
The Hachiko Memorial Statue in Shibuya is a popular meeting spot located right out front of Shibuya Station (use the Hachiko exit) and Shibuya Crossing. The bronze statue honors the true story of a famously loyal Akita dog who would wait for its master daily at the station in the early 1920s.
Even after his owner’s death, Hachiko would continue to come to the station daily to wait for his master. He waited every day before his own passing nearly 10 years later. Buried next to his master, Hachiko was finally reunited with him in Aoyama cemetery.
Since then, Hachiko has become a legend in Japan and worldwide. He has even spawned the movie, A Dog’s Tale, based on his life starring Richard Gere.
Today, there is a Hachiko festival celebrated every year on April 8th in front of Shibuya Station and the location is now a popular meeting spot amidst the overwhelming crowds of visitors.