Everytime I returned to Shibuya Station to see Hachiko, it seemed Hachi souvenirs were practically nonexistent. I couldn't seem to find many except for some cookies, note pads and very few other items. Right before the filming of the "Hachi: A Dog's Tale", I discovered some small metal statues at the Ueno museum that displays Hachi. I was so happy that I bought a dozen. After gifting these to friends during the production, I kept one and it's still displayed prominently so I can see it daily!
I recently toured Asia for three weeks and my first stop was Shibuya Station. Everytime, it's a never ending thrill to see the crowds vying to take pictures with Hachi! There's a small archive of historic Hachi photos in the box car right in front of the statue. The staff are friendly and know most anything about him.
After taking a few photos with Hachi, it started to rain so I headed into the adjacent Tokyu department store. Wandering around to bide time, I found a room dedicated to everything Hachiko. I was completely overwhelmed by Hachi items! Of course, I left with bags of Hachi gifts for all his friends back home. No more door to door hunting for anything dog related. This is the one stop place to shop!
Vicki Shigekuni Wong
I first spotted Hachiko's statue many years ago at Shibuya Station. Upon returning home, I adopted a dog and named him Hachi. When he passed away, I missed his reflective, welcoming and calm ways. We can all learn from the innate emotional grace of our animal friends and the Way of Hachi. I love sharing the story of the loyal dog of Japan, and hope he inspires more people to "Be Hachi"!