Updated: Jan 15, 2022
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I have observed many statues in Japan. The myriad of statues corroborate the fact that the country of Japan is enriched in history. One of the statues, however, that seems to draw an influx of people is the Hachiko dog statue. The name in Japanese means eight princes. While exiting the Shibuya Station in October 2018, I witnessed crowds of people surrounding a statue. This large presence of people quickly captured my attention. As I moved in the direction of the crowd, I noticed people were taking pictures of the statue, as well as having their pictures made with the statue. “This must be a very significant statue,” I began to mumble.
Certainly, the statue is very pertinent even today. In the 1920s, a professor of the University of Tokyo by the name of Hidesaburo Ueno adopted the dog Hachiko. Every morning, Hachiko walked with the professor to the Shibuya train station. The dog waited patiently at the station until the professor returned from the University. Unfortunately, a drastic situation happened to the professor. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and eventually died. Hachiko continued to wait at the train station for his master despite the fact he never came back. This waiting took place for 10 years until the dog sadly died.