|Above, yours truly with the Hachiko statue at Shibuya Station in 2001. Photo by Richard Pusateri.|
Everyone's favorite meeting place, the Hachiko statue at Shibuya Station, is only one honoring Japan's most famous loyal dog.
Time Out Tokyo has an article on "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Hachiko."
They begin with:
You undoubtedly know about Hachiko statue, Shibuya's de facto meeting spot. And you probably know a little bit about how the pup waited patiently at Shibuya Station every day for his owner to come home from work, even after his master passed away. The story has inspired Japan to such an extent that a brand-new statue was recently erected on The University of Tokyo’s campus, causing the country to shed even more tears over the bittersweet tale. Since we can't help getting swept up in the emotion, we decided to create our own ode to Hachi with a list of little-known facts about man's best friend ever.One additional bit of Hachiko trivia: The Shibuya Station statue was engulfed in Gamera's flames in Gamera 3.
To read the ten items, go here.