Hachiko Souvenirs at Last!

Hachi Souvenirs are something very important to me. Every time I returned to Shibuya Station to see Hachiko, it seemed Hachi souvenirs were practically nonexistent.  I couldn’t seem to find many, except for some cookies, notepads and very few other items.

Hachi souvenir from Hachi: A Dog's Tale

                     Metal Hachi Souvenir

This is the favorite of my Hachi souvenirs from years ago.

Right before the filming of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, I discovered some small metal statues at the Ueno museum that displays Hachi. I was so happy that I bought a dozen!

After gifting these to friends during the production, I kept one and it’s still displayed prominently so I can see it daily!

Finding Hachi Souvenirs

I recently toured Asia for three weeks and my first stop was Shibuya Station. Every time, it’s a never-ending thrill to see the crowds vying to take pictures with Hachi! There’s a small archive of historic Hachi photos in the boxcar right in front of the statue.

The staff are friendly and know almost anything about him!

After taking a few photos with Hachi, it started to rain so I headed into the adjacent Tokyu department store. Wandering around to bide time, I found a room dedicated to everything Hachiko.

I was completely overwhelmed by Hachi items!

Of course, I left with bags of Hachi gifts for all his friends back home.

No more door to door hunting for anything dog related.  This is the one-stop place to shop!

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2018 Update

A friend reports that the Hachi department is no longer there. This is a huge loss, as Hachi souvenirs are hard to find! I’m told that The National Science Museum in Tokyo has a few items. It’s where Hachi’s stuffed remains are on display.

Due to the overwhelming requests for Hachi gifts over the years, we have created a Hachi Shop with custom designed items made especially for Hachi Friends.

Hachi has left us all with such a powerful impression of loyalty and undying love. Having some Hachi souvenirs to commemorate him is truly special — and this is the best place to get something Hachi-related!

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Vicki
The miniature stature of Hachi is priceless!
As always, as a fan of your website and as a devout admirer of Hachiko, thank you for your time and energy to keep this site going. We appreciate it.
We love Hachi is the best way to say it.
My two Shiba”s ,Sebastian & Copper are aging, but every day they remind me so much of Hachi. Loyal, full of surprises, and full of love.
The best to you in 2017 from all of us .
Bruce B
PS…Good for you for all those souvenirs!

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Happy Holidays Bruce!
How wonderful that you’re able to celebrate another year with Sebastian and Copper. As my Hachi aged, our time became more meaningful and precious.
Our beloved animals may pass, but Hachiko stands at Shibuya Station as an eternal reminder of our deep love…
Cheers, Vicki

Stacey
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Stacey

Lucky you, Vicki, to be able to visit Hachi in Shibuya and find such a treasure trove of wonderful Hachi souvenirs too (the statue is so precious). A very Happy New Year to you and all Hachi friends the world over!

Vicki
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Vicki

Hi Stacey,
Many Hachi fans have asked about souvenirs, and I was pleased to discover such a wide variety. I can never get enough of Hachi!
Wishing you a Wonderful New Year! Vicki

Ellen
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Ellen

Hi Vicki, Your miniature Hachi statue is wonderful! And how nice that you found the Hachi souvenirs at Shibuya. Giantrobot.com at one time had Hachi enamel pins, but they are no longer listed, and I don’t know if they will have them back in stock or not. If you Google ‘Hachi enamel pin’ you should be able to see an image of the pin. I always think of Hachi and his loyal devotion to the Professor. I am so grateful that you continue to keep the spirit of Hachi alive on this website and that there are many others who… Read more »

Vicki
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Vicki

Happiest New Year Ellen,
I’m always happy hearing from Hachi’s friends! It’s also gratifying to introduce Hachiko’s story to people for the first time. He continues to inspire people to be their better selves- patient, loving and steadfast… admirable in these challenging times.
Best, Vicki

Carolyn Sue McCardell
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About a month ago I saw a Dogs Tale w Richard Gere for the first time on late night television. Of course I could not stop crying over Hachiko. Even now when I pull up his extremely precious story I cry over him on the Internet & U-Tube. I had a little Beagle that truly loved my father. He was given to my Father shortly after he was born. His mother was hit by a car & died, so he had to be bottle fed. My father did that for him. They had a close bond. He was 12 years… Read more »

Vicki
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Vicki

Hi Carolyn, I loved hearing about your father and his beloved dog Spot. You must have cared for him very well- 23 years of life! My Hachi passed away at 16 years, and I was so happy he lasted that long. I agree that animals have the purest of souls. The best Hachiko souvenirs are in Japan at Tokyu department store. There are many Hachiko images on the internet, but have never seen any actual photos. Thank you for sharing such a special and warm story! Your father and Spot shared a very special bond indeed. Warm Regards, Vicki

Carolyn mccardell
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Thank you for your quick reply. I have never responded to anything like this before. I thought at first it did not go through. Sooo, I typed it again. I’m so sorry for sending twice. Do you know how I could sent for a souvenir of Hachiko. I live in Maryland, in the United States.

Carolyn Mccardell
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This morning I lit a candle and had a moment of silence for dear Hachi who passed away on this date in 1935. I feel you are very happy now Hachi with your owner and dearest friend. Love you

Judi
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Judi

I recently saw a youtube about Thor the Akita whose owner died and how everyday he goes on the same walk he and his owner went on. Akita’s are very devoted.

Vicki
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Vicki

Hachiko’s faithfulness represents all animals- worldwide and throughout time. He was celebrated by a broad and enthusiastic audience of that time period, but there are “Hachi’s” all over the world who honor owners with their everlasting devotion. That’s why his story resonates with so many!

Jang Kim
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Jang Kim

Hello Ms. Wong, Thank you for a wonderful blog. I somehow came across Hachi while surfing the web. I immediately fell in love with this little guy. I have purchased and watched both the American and Japanese versions and have purchased numerous books to learn everything I can about this wonderful, caring, loyal, devoted dog. I simply can’t enough of his great little buddy. I have 2 rescue dogs (13 years old and 3 years old) that I look at completely different now. I treat them as companions and friends instead of dogs that “belong” to me. My friend and… Read more »

Vicki
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Vicki

Hi Jang Kim! I’m so glad you enjoy this blog. I wanted someplace to provide detailed information about Hachiko, and for individuals to share their thoughts about Hachi and their own animals also! Rescue dogs are the best! So happy that you adopted both little critters and they are your friends too. That’s a concept that was important to convey with “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”. Dogs have emotional intelligence and deserve to be respected. As for Hachi items, I visited Shibuya last October and was delighted to find an entire section of Hachiko themed merchandise at the Tokyu department store!… Read more »

Ellen
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Ellen

If anyone is interested, this is the site that sells a Hachi enamel pin:
https://www.giantrobot.com/collections/buttons/products/giant-robot-hachi-enamel-pin-1
It was out of stock for a while, but when I saw that they had it again, I ordered one and recently received it. The pin is much cuter than the picture on the website. It really made me happy when I opened the package and saw it. I am so pleased!

Jang
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Jang

I just ordered my Hachi Pin!! Thanks for the link.

Stacey
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Stacey

Thanks Ellen, I have just seen the Hachi enamel badge, there is also a material patch available with the same design. These will make excellent presents for Hachi lovers!

wally derose
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wally derose

Hello- the book written by shizuko koster says that Hatchio has injured /broken leg by dog catchers and could hardly walk. If that is true why was it not shown on the autopsy. And if he was still famous at the end why was he in such a sorry physical state. It is a story that is very emotional and sad-and compelling-I only wish I had been around to save him.

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