Hachiko returns to his Birthplace?

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.

 

Hachi's statue home at Shibuya Station

Hachiko’s statue home at Shibuya Station

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.”

Hachi's Statue outside of Odate Station

Current Hachiko Statue outside of Odate Station.

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?

Photo by Kzaral

14
Leave a Comment

avatar
8 Comment threads
6 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
Sira SudhindranathEllen SJudiStaceyRonald Recent comment authors
  Subscribe (Get notified of new replies)  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Sira Sudhindranath
Guest
Sira Sudhindranath

Looks like there is one more statue of Hachiko in Odate. This one is said to be near the Odate station – http://toyokeizai.net/mwimgs/9/d/700/img_9d8aa4fdeb326879c138d92db9caa2e72346386.jpg

Stacey
Guest
Stacey

Hi Vicki and Sira, we agree with you, and hope that Hachi will remain in Shibuya, his rightful waiting place! We could be wrong, but the photograph seems to show the statue outside Odate station. We love the one called “Hachi longing for his hometown”, outside the akita museum, erected in 2004, in which he has a wonderfully warm expression. There is also a charming memorial stone ‘seles’ statue, outside the Saito’ residence where he was born. In Tsu (Mie Prefecture) there is a statue of Hachi and Master Ueno too, in front of the Hisai Kintetsu Station……Hachi is certainly… Read more »

stacey
Guest
stacey

we are not very experienced technologically….maybe Sira will take on the mission, and be able to track down the coordinates for these other statues!

Donna
Guest
Donna

I think Hachiko should stay where he is. II have seen both movies (Japanese and American) and have never been touched like I have while watching them. I even bought a Golden Retriever and named him “Hachiko Remembered”. I am 77 years old and my Hachi is always with me like Hachiko was with the Professor.

Roland Ng
Guest
Roland Ng

Thank you for remembering Hachi and for having this website in his name. I always feel this emptiness in my heart, thinking of this little soul who lived so much of his life missing someone who would never return. I am familiar with such an emotion, to feel the need to constantly repeat an act in the hopes of bringing someone back. It can feel rather meaningless at times, but your memory of Hachi makes it hurt less

Ellen S
Guest
Ellen S

Hi Roland,
I think there are many of us who feel as you do, and I too am so grateful for this website and the remembrance of Hachi. I think of him every day.
Ellen

Ellen S
Guest
Ellen S

Hi Roland,
I think there are many of us who feel as you do, and I too am so grateful for this website and the remembrance of Hachi. I think of him every day.
Ellen

Sira Sudhindranath
Guest
Sira Sudhindranath

I wish that the statue stays at Shibuya station during the Olympics. It could draw a lot of the tourists who will be in town to view the Games.
Here is a picture of the Hachiko statue in Odate in front of the Akita Dog Museum – http://www.houseofflameandglass.com/livingroom/japan2006/imgp1002.jpg

Vicki Wong
Guest

Hi Sira! Thank you for the Odate Hachiko photo. I’ve never seen that statue. I have a feeling Hachi will remain at Shibuya during the Games. He’s an integral part of Shibuya’s heart and history! Vicki

Ronald
Guest
Ronald

Also good to know that the remains of the professor’s wife is now together with Hachi and professor Ueno. They are finally reunited as one family.

Stacey
Guest
Stacey

Hi Roland,
We too are so happy that Mrs. Yae has finally been reunited with professor Ueno and Hachi-ko’ after so many years….it is most comforting to know.

Judi
Guest
Judi

Hi,
I am heartbroken because Netflix is removing the Hachi movie from the list of movies that can be watched as of Sept.1,2016.I never get tired of watching it.How sad!!!!

Ellen S
Guest
Ellen S

Hi Judi, I think many many more people have become more aware of the story of Hachi and the Professor due to the movie being on Netflix. Even though somewhere in my mind I had heard the story many years ago, I may have read the book ‘Hachiko Waits’ to my daughters when they were small, the story of Hachi’s devotion to his beloved friend really touched something in my heart after I watched this movie on Netflix. I went ahead and bought the DVD so I can watch it any time I feel the need to do so since… Read more »

Sira Sudhindranath
Guest
Sira Sudhindranath

I have seen “Hachi” come on and go off on Netflix more than once before. So there is a chance that it will be brought back again in the future.

JOIN OURHACHI-HEARTED
community

Embark on a transformational journey that will expand your capacity to enjoy life and all its little gifts. Plus, get our free "Be Hachi. Be Happy" guide:  ​7 Ways You Can (And Should) Be More Like Your Dog.