When Japanese hear the word ‘dog’, they usually think of something positive like ‘faithful’ ‘smart’ and ‘sweet’. These images definitely come from a dog named ‘Hachi‘ of a picture above. Hachi was the breed of Japanese Akita. He kept waiting for his master in front of Shibuya station for about 10 years after the death of the master. Recently His story became Hollywood movie that starred Richard Gere as a master. If you watch this movie, you had better put a box of tissue by your side .
JR Shibuya station has a ‘Hachi-kou(Sir Hachi)’ exit. A statue of ‘Hachi‘ stands in the square right before this exit. This is one of the most popular meeting spots in Tokyo.
By the way, Helen Keller is said to be the first American who had a Japanese Akita. When she visited Japan, she had known about the story of Hachi and wanted the breed. She kept and loved 2 dogs of Japanese Akita.