Enjoy “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” under the stars: Meet dog star, trainer, producers – The Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles on September 28th

The Japan America Society along with the InterContinental Los Angeles in Century City hosted a Hachi: A Dog’s Tale screening under the stars. The owner of the stellar hotel, Mari Miyoshi, brought her adorable dog to meet the Hachi star.


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Layla, who played Hachi with Richard Gere, who played the Professor

On this eventful, intoxicating night, guests enjoyed Japanese bento picnic dinners while viewing the Hachi movie from two large screens. Of course, dogs were welcome and they had fun too!

David Allsberry (Hachi animal trainer) brought Layla (he adopted her after the film

ended), who was a huge hit, as always. Known for her affectionate nature, Layla kissed her way into everyone’s hearts in her adorable fashion.

After the screening, guests lined up for pictures with the friendly dog star.

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!

Hachi Movie Screening Under the Stars

We owe a big thank you to those who made this Hachi movie screening possible!

We couldn’t have done it without Doug Urber, president and Nancy Hiromoto, past chairman of the Japan America Societ. Many thanks for their terrific support of “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”.

The evening was perfection with the delicious dinner, enthusiastic guests, happy dogs and viewing the Hachi movie on that gorgeous patio area. It was one of those perfect nights to remember!

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Puppy Hachi actor with Richard Gere

Outdoor Movie Screening – HACHI: A Dog’s Tale

Presented by JASSC and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Saturday, September 28, 2013
5:00pm – Gates open/Dinner, 7:00pm – Screening (Depending on sunset)The Riviera Country Club
1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

  • Enjoy a JAS movie night with the entire family!  Children are welcome!
  • Grass seating only – please bring your own blankets and lawn chairs
  • Producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong, who brought Hachiko’s popular tale to America, Paul Mason (executive producer) and special guest appearance by Hachi and his trainer!
  • Photo sessions with Hachi will be offered after the Q&A session.

Photo by alexschreyer


All of our powerful, emotional screening of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale are always made possible because of his impact on each of us. What’s your favorite part from this Hachi movie?

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2020 years ago

Wishing Vicki and all the readers of her blog , Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013

2020 years ago
Reply to  BruceB

And Merry Christmas to Hachiko :-)!

2020 years ago

Happy New Year 2014!

2020 years ago

Thank you Bruce for your festive wishes! Thank you to Hachiko admirers from around the world. Our Very Warmest Wishes for a Happy New Year 2014!!

Mary M.
Mary M.
2020 years ago

Here’s wishing for an expanded Hachi movie with more scenes showing the love of the Wilsons and the town for Hachi’s loyal vigil!


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