Hachi's regal bronze statue is beloved in Japan, and he has held court outside of Shibuya station for 82 years. He's a major tourist attraction and popular meeting spot for local residents. Redevelopment of the Shibuya station area is scheduled to begin after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the Hachiko plaza will remain.
Tsuyoshi Kudo, an Odate city official in charge of tourism policy, hopes to temporarily return Hachiko to his original home. Hachiko was born in the city of Odate, population 75,000, but Kudo says, "but we acknowledge the statue is an important property of Shibuya Ward.”
Hachiko's Odate birthplace has its own statue of the dog outside the Odate Station, and plans are to place the two together where they would be a major tourist draw. No official talks have begin so far.
Wherever Hachi visits, his story will inspire visitors with its simple message of loyalty.
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"!