Last month, we got our first peek at the brand-new statue of Hachiko, in which Japan’s most famous dog is reunited with his loving master after almost a century apart. But while Hachiko’s legendary loyalty is inspiring, we weren’t waiting 100 years to see the statue for ourselves.
Hachiko’s new statue can be found on the grounds of the University of Tokyo’s agriculture campus. This isn’t because Hachiko had super intelligence to go along with his peerless commitment to owner Hidesaburo Ueno, but because Ueno was a professor of agricultural engineering with the school for more than 20 years.
The University of Tokyo has multiple campuses, but if your goal is to see Hachiko, you’ll want the one for the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences/Faculty of Agriculture (website here). The statue isn’t tucked away in some back corner, either. Right after you walk through the gate, you’ll see the happy pet and owner on your left.
After noon, the number of sightseers gradually starts to increase. One woman Yoshio spoke to even laughed that, “The school is probably going to start getting a ton of people coming just to see the statue, so it’ll be rough on campus security, having to manage all the crowds.”
The original Hachiko statue in front of Shibuya Station, where the Akita Inu waited every day for his deceased master to come home from work, is still a must-see. But if you want to remember Ueno and his pet as they were in life, when being reunited at the end of every day was a cause for celebration, you owe yourself a visit to this new monument, too.
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