Paying homage to Hachiko

Even though I had already paid homage to the Hachiko during my family trip to Osaka in 2017, I still wanted to visit the iconic Akita's statue in Shibuya. As a dog lover, I was moved by the story of Hachiko, the loyal dog who always waited for his master Dr Ueno at the train station. 

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A tourist poses in front of the Hachiko statue. 

When I watched the Hollywood version of Hachiko's story (starring Richard Gere), I soon began to appreciate the bond between humans and dogs. At the end of the movie, I was bawling my eyes out. Now I understand why my friends are devastated when their dogs die. It is painful to lose a pet who is dear to you. 

Just a bit of a background on how I developed my love for dogs. One of my family members is allergic to furry pets, so we couldn't have a dog at home. The only way I could have a dog was through buying a virtual one at Nintendogs. 

Since I didn't have much exposure to our furry friends, I soon developed a phobia for them. Whenever I visited my friends' houses, their huge guard dogs would be growling at me. If their dogs were small, they would often chase me around the house. I generally hated dogs because they could smell fear, and *lowkey* bully you. 

Fortunately, I was able to get over my fear of dogs when I visited my cousin who introduced me to her friendly and kind Pomeranian, 

When I visited Tokyo last month, I told myself that my trip would not be completed without a pilgrimage to Hachiko. From Shinjuku Gyoen National Park,  I took the train headed to Shibuya. 

All around the Shibuya district, I found vending machines, shops, snacks and memorabilia dedicated to Japan's favorite dog. 

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I saw this vending machine as I walked out of Shibuya train station. Many other vending machines in Shibuya had this design. 

The Hachiko statue is right beside the JR Shibuya statue. I kind of got lost before I walked towards the overpass from the left side of the station. It's good that I circled back and asked people for directions.

I followed the sign posts until I saw a crowd of people, mostly from tour groups, who were taking pictures of Hachiko. What was really cute was that there were two gray-colored kittens lounging around underneath Hachiko. 

At first, I did not recognize that there were two kittens beneath the statue. The color of their fur was similar to the color of the statue itself. 

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Look closely and you will find two adorable kittens nestled in between Hachiko's paws. 

I am very thankful that an Italian tourist took my photo. I also offered to take her group's photo as well. One of the drawbacks of being a solo traveller is not having a friend or trusted person carry your things or take solo shots of you. 

I was a bit shy to ask strangers to take my photos, but tourists and Japanese locals are generally helpful. In return, I offer to take their photos as well. 

I spent about ten minutes here, before moving on to the famous Shibuya crossing, right beside the Hachiko statue. 

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Paying homage to the loyal dog who never forgot about his master.


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