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!