Hachi’s statue is not only a monument of this beloved dog himself but a testament of what Hachi means to the world. He deserves to be home.
Hachi’s statue, in its regal bronze, 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.
Kudo says, “But we acknowledge the statue is an important property of Shibuya Ward.”
Hachiko’s birthplace has its own statue of the dog outside the Odate Station, and plans are to place the two together where they will be a major tourist draw. No official talks have begun so far, but we’re hopeful Hachi’s statue will find its true home.
Wherever Hachi visits, his story will inspire visitors with its simple message of loyalty. Do you want to see Hachi’s statue returned to its rightful home?
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