Scene from Ceremony on April 8th, 2009
Crowd gathers to pay respect at Shibuya Station
Tribute to the legacy of Hachiko
Every year on April 8th, Hachiko is celebrated with a traditional ceremony at Shibuya train station. In Japan, Hachiko is revered for his legacy of devotion that has touched hearts around the world.
I've always believed that this loyal dog is truly a universal ambassador of good will. Viewers from around the world share the profound emotions that his story generates. Every time I visit Shibuya Station, I'm always touched by the lively crowd that gathers to snap photos with Hachiko. There's a purity about him. Everybody seems so joyful and animated, and it's such a magical moment!
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"!