On my recent trip to Japan, I spent a day with blog reader “John” and my little girl who wanted to come along. We opted to meet at the famous Hachiko statue in Shibuya, but I am embarrassed to admit I didn’t know where it was despite frequent trips to Shibuya. Turns out it is really easy to find. In the Shibuya Station there are signs point to Hachikōmae (ハチ公前) or “Before Hachiko” referring to the exit in front of the Hachiko Statue. Once you get outside, you will see the famous Shibuya Square shown in various movies:
But you’re not going there. Instead, look for the subway station just to your left. Behind that is a small area of shrubbery where you can see the Hachiko statue. The story of Hachiko faithfully waiting for his owner for 9 years is pretty inspiring and touching, and evidence of course that animals have feelings too.
Namu Amida Butsu