Hachiko statue at Shibuya station


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The statue of Hachiko, the faithful dog, has become a staple of meeting spots at Shibuya Station. It is based on the famous episode of Akita Inu named Hachiko. Here’s how the Hachiko statue was built in Shibuya.

Hachiko and Shibuya

It is said that Hachiko often arrived at Shibuya station together when his husband went to work. In 1925, even after his husband became a person who never collapsed at his place of employment, he was seen waiting for his husband at Shibuya Station for 10 years, so he became widely known as “Hachiko, the faithful dog.”

In 1934, the first statue was installed at Shibuya Station. However, it was lost due to metal donations during World War II, and the statue was rebuilt in 1948 after the war. The episode also spread to the United States at the time, and it is reported that GHQ also helped rebuild the statue.

The statue of Hachiko is still loved by many as a symbol of Shibuya Station.