Apologies for the lateness with this update but January 1st was a big day of rest…so much so that I didn’t start editing this until late at night! This vlog update shows us going back to Shibuya to check out a New Year’s Eve version of Hachiko who had a little friend on for show and then we head back to Senso-ji temple in Asakusa to ring in 2017!
We ran a post the other day about the new statue featuring Japan’s favourite canine reunited with his owner who sadly passed away, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. The new statue has been erected at the university where the Professor used to teach, the University of Tokyo. Recently a reporter from Rocket News had the chance to go past the school and take some snaps and video.
For those that don’t know about Hachiko, a brief background. Hachiko was an Akita breed dog that used to wait for his master everyday at Shibuya train station. One day, his master, a university professor named Hidesaburo Ueno, passed away and never came back to meet Hachiko. Ever the faithful canine, Hachiko continued to wait everyday at the station for nine years until he too passed away.
A statue of Hachiko was erected at Shibuya train station which to this day is a hugely popular meeting place for loads of people. Now at the University of Tokyo, where the professor taught, a new statue was erected. The statue coincides with the 90th anniversary of the passing of the professor and the 80th anniversary of Hachiko’s passing.
The statue is a loving memorial with both dog and owner showing Hachiko happily greeting Ueno in a loving pose. In case you missed it, Hollywood made a film starring Richard Gere around this story, you can catch the trailer below.
We’ve been following Japanese blogger, Danny Choo‘s Summer in Japan series and now it’s time for another installment. This time the spotlight falls on the mecca that is shopping, Shibuya.
With the world famous scramble crossing which is the busiest in the world to everyone’s favourite dog Hachiko to the epicentre trademark building, Shibuya 109, there’s something here for everyone. Best place in Shibuya in my opinion, grab a cool latte during Summer and take a seat on the second floor of the extremely popular Starbucks and watch the world go past.