The Japan America Society along with the InterContinental Los Angeles in Century City hosted a Hachi screening under the stars. Guests enjoyed Japanese bento picnic dinners while viewing the film from two large screens. Of course, dogs were welcome and they had fun too! David Allsberry (Hachi animal trainer) brought Leyla (he adopted her after the film ended) who was a huge hit, as always. Known for her affectionate nature, Leyla kissed her way into everyone's hearts. After the screening, guests lined up for pictures with the friendly dog star. After, Paul Mason (executive producer of Hachi) and I answered questions from the audience. I love sharing my feelings about animals. We gain so much love from them!
with us and brought a special guest (shown above) who charmed everybody with those soulful eyes! And we couldn't have done it without Doug Urber, president and Nancy Hiromoto, past chairman of the Japan America Society for their terrific support of "Hachi: A Dog's Tale". The evening was perfection- with the delicious dinner, enthusiastic guests, happy dogs and viewing "Hachi" on that gorgeous patio area. It was one of those perfect nights to remember!
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"!