This is neat! There is now another statue of Hachiko. This one is at the University of Tokyo, and it shows Hachiko greeting his owner Hidesaburo Ueno who was a professor there until he passed on while giving a lecture.
Even in a country that adores its pets, none have captured the hearts of Japanese animal-lovers like Hachiko. The Akita dog touched the hearts of people across the nation by devotedly waiting every day for more than nine years in front of Tokyo’s Shibuya Station for his master to return from work, not knowing that he had died from a cerebral hemorrhage and wouldn’t be coming back.
Today, a statue of Hachiko stands in Shibuya, showing the dog patiently waiting. But while the bittersweet quality of the story made Hachiko famous, it overlooks the fact that before his master’s passing, the two would happily reunite every evening and walk home together. Now, it’s that moment’s turn to be immortalized, with a new statue showing Hachiko as he’s rarely been depicted before, bursting with joy upon seeing his owner.
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Using Google Maps via smartphone helps one navigate the world’s most extensive urban rail network here in Greater Tokyo…especially since there are not many signs in English. The trains are also always on time, which can be helpful for identifying which track and train to go to. But, every once in a while, I wish the trains in Tokyo were not on time. This is a hidden benefit of trains (and buses) being late…that I took for granted back in Philly!
Colonel Sanders in Kuki, Japan already switched from Halloween to Christmas attire on Nov. 1.