In Rhode Island, Hachi and Professor Ueno Together Forever

Hachiko and Ueno

Barbara Dixon shares stories from the filming.

Hachiko and Ueno Dedication

It’s in front of the Woonsocket train station – the same spot where Hachi waited in the film. I just had to see the new statue, and the station looks the same!  Even the building (where the bookstore was located) across the street is still intact. Barbara Dixon, Special Events Coordinator for the Tourism Council, graciously welcomed us into their administrative office located inside the depot.  She showed us a beautiful promo card especially created for the Hachiko destination. Many visitors from around the world come to see Hachi. 

Barbara was on site during our film production, and we shared stories while sitting next to Hachi’s statue. Donna recalled plenty of excitement with Richard Gere, the crew, lighting, cameras… and all the gorgeous dogs!

The dedication was attended by the Japanese consulate general and local officials on May 19th, 2012. Hachi fan Michael Sultana and his “Hachiko” attended the ceremony and reported their experience on my May 24, 2012 blog entry.

The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council created a site to increase awareness of the monument and Hachi’s story. It’s full of info on the filming of “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.” as well as documenting the statue dedication day.

Take a peek!

Woonsocket was the perfect place to shoot with the brick station, quaint town and friendly people. You really need to experience the warmth and charm… and, of course, see Hachi.  He’s waiting for you to say “Hi” next!

Hachiko and Ueno

Hachi still waits….

Hachiko and Ueno

Woonsocket Train Station

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Sira Sudhindranath
Sira Sudhindranath
2020 years ago

Thanks for the blog. Without a doubt, the Woonsocket Depot was the perfect location for the train station. The stately brick building lent the elegance and magnificence that the timeless story of Hachi so richly deserves.

Vicki
Vicki
2020 years ago

We really got lucky to find this station. Being inactive made the filming schedule much easier. It was perfect in every way!

Sira Sudhindranath
Sira Sudhindranath
2020 years ago

Most of the movie props in the building housing the bookstore were of course gone after the movie was completed. But one still remained (and probably still does to this day!).
http://www.instantstreetview.com/@42.003537,-71.513499,-194.1h,-8.61p,1z
“Bedridge Barber Shop”. Right across the street from “Bedridge” station. This Google Maps picture is dated June 2012, i.e. long after the movie was completed. Perhaps the sign remains there to this day.

BruceB
BruceB
2020 years ago

So much good stuff about Hachi, my sincere thanks for all you do, and remembering Hachi. and what you do for his fans.
Just read the last two postings about the unveiling of the statue and your visit to Woonsocket.

Stacey
Stacey
2020 years ago

We absolutely love this statue, with Hachi’s joyful and contagious smile…it could be renamed “2 o’clock a.m., March 8th, 1935, Rainbow Bridge”. Thank you Vicki, Stacey

Vicki
Vicki
2020 years ago

“Rainbow Bridge” is a lovely way to describe their reunion…

Ronald
Ronald
2020 years ago

It feels good now that everytime I will recall Hachi, i will also remember the happy days that he have together with his master and not only his waiting. The new statue also reminds us that his master is a noble man for his achievements and a very good person that Hachi did not forget him for 10 years. Hachi may move on with his life after professor’s death but stayed true to his devotion.

Mary M.
Mary M.
2020 years ago

I love this eternal “Rainbow Bridge” tribute to Hachi and Prof. Ueno!

Sira Sudhindranath
Sira Sudhindranath
2020 years ago

Woonsocket Depot, the place that was “Bedridge Station” in the movie “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” will once again become a train station in real life!
http://www.valleybreeze.com/2016-04-20/woonsocket-north-smithfield/woonsocket-track-new-train-service#.VyC6IcnD_qA
The home page of Boston Surface Railroad Company (www.bsrc.com) says:
“The last passenger train left Worcester Union Station for Providence in 1960. The next one is leaving very soon. Meet us at the station!”

Chris
Chris
2020 years ago

Were any station props from the movie up for auction after filming? It’s my understanding that the ticket booth was built for the filming along with many benches and it seems like the Bedridge Station signage would be saved. The only thing I’ve found that went to auction were some of the costumes worn by the actors (and Hachi’s collar posted in an earlier blog entry).

Vicki
Vicki
2020 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Hi Chris,
I’m not aware of any auction. As for props, I’m only aware of the cage that the young Hachi was transported in (I have it), and the stuffed dog used in Hachi’s last dying scene is with the executive producer, Paul Mason. The ticket booth was custom built but possibly dismantled at the end of the production.

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