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 occasionally like to look at the streets of the Otaku heaven that is Akihabara to see what ads are being plastered over the billboards and train station. It’s good to see what’s driving the Japanese market and the pockets of the consumers. The posters feature ads for animes, games, magazines and figures.
Bandai happens to be the most successful toy company in Japan and one way they show the people of Japan what they have in store is with a showroom. The Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom has been a staple of the JR Akihabara train station for many years now. The figures and characters in the showroom are rotated on a nearly monthly basis so there’s always something new to look at and best of all, it’s free.
Being located in Akihabara, there’s always loads of Otakus stopping to take a look and snap some pictures of the displays. November saw the display featuring Bandai’s D-Arts action figure line, some pics of this can be seen below.