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Japan's ever-faithful dog Hachiko turns 100

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It's statue, it won't grow older, people who cheering up is growing older.

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Happy Birthday, Hachiko! Amazing story of loyalty and devotion to one's Master.

Definitely in the top 10 "must-see" attractions of Tokyo.

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Events are back to Shibuya !

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It’s just a statue I never get overly excited to see it when I’m down in Shibuya. Maybe the tourists are.

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Well, it makes for a better story than what actually happened…. That the dog came back everyday most likely because the station left out food for him everyday at the same time.

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Hachiko's legend...

"Legend" is a nicer name for "propaganda" put out in the 1930s by the Ministry of Education in cahoots with the military in order to inculcate "loyalty" to the emperor (and to the usual suspects) into children who would be expected to serve the state with blind obedience. In 1980 the old man who sold Hachiko to the professor made a full confession saying he wanted people to know the truth before he died. Despite his wish, those who knew the truth decided to bury it and keep the legend alive because Hachiko could still serve the interests of some "who must be obeyed".

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It’s just a statue I never get overly excited to see it when I’m down in Shibuya.

And the statue of liberty is just a statue. I never get overly excited to see it when I am in NYC.

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Well, it makes for a better story than what actually happened…. That the dog came back everyday most likely because the station left out food for him everyday at the same time.

Well that is better story, because it shows the kindness of the station staff at the time. In the west, they would have shot the dog.

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A couple pose for photos next to the statue of 'Hachiko' in front of Tokyo's Shibuya station  

Should it not read Foreign tourists pose for photos?

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That the dog came back everyday most likely because the station left out food for him everyday at the same time.

That's exactly what Hachiko's original owner told the newspaper before his death. A butcher by the station took a shine to the little fella and fed the dog bones and scraps of meat. The true story is one of human sympathy with and kindness to "man's best friend". As a dog lover I've always felt the Hachiko hokey to be insulting to canine intelligence.

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A mans bestfriend.

Its a dog world, everyone should have "that dog in them''

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Definitely in the top 10 "must-see" attractions of Tokyo.

That may or may not be true, but it will be sad if it is. The world's largest city, and the best it can offer is a little statue that people project a beautiful vision of "devotion" onto.

The real story of Hachi is quite interesting, esp. the promotion of Hachi by the "Japanese dogs are superior to Western dogs" dog fascist and controversy over whether the original statue should have a floppy ear (a sign of imperfection for a "superior" Japanese dog), but you have to go out of your way to find out about them. Most people just get the hoikuen version of the story. Japan had already invaded Manchuria by the time the statue was built, so it was not produced in a political vacuum.

https://sniffingthepast.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/the-darker-side-of-hachiko/

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Unfortunately it was moved from its original location after it became famous. They made a big Hollywood movie about it.

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Happy Birthday, Shibuya's Wan-Chan.

May you never be unnecessarily blockaded or partitioned off ever again!

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That the dog came back everyday most likely because the station left out food for him everyday at the same time.

There are similar "alternative" stories for Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh (e.g. it sat at its owners grave for 14 years because people put out food for it). But the thing that both statues have in common is that they attract visitors, so local shops, bars, and restaurants are not going to complain.

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I have been extremely lucky to have been able to avoid having to go to Shibuya in nearly 10 years and I hope my luck lasts!

Even driving near Shibuya is a pain!

Far better and more interesting places in Tokyo to visit, see, shop and especially live!

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You can also see the real Hachiko at the natural history museum in Ueno. He was taxidermically preserved.

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Used to run a course along the river and over a mountain with my dog (Devo, a whippet).

He was clever enough to open the genkan door himself and would often disappear for hours at a time.

I'd often wondered where he'd gone until I received a call from an acquaintance who live at the foot of the mountain: "Devo's here."

But he lived a full year longer than is average for his breed. Freedom is what dogs need.

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China also made a movie in 2022, it's called "Hachi" ? Based on same story. Nice movie but Grossed millions! I wonder if they donate to any dog shelter but Chinese have recently become caring pet lovers.

Japanese still not. They chain their dogs most of the time.

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Happy anniversary Hachiko statue..

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You can also see the real Hachiko at the natural history museum in Ueno. He was taxidermically preserved.

And, believe it or not, there's actually a record of Hachiko's voice, just barking, of course.

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>That the dog came back everyday most likely because the station left out food for him everyday at the same time.

Hachiko had an acquaintance who took care of his food and hospital care on behalf of his first owner, Professor

Hachiko was able to get food at Shibuya station after a newspaper article made him famous

And Hachiko routinely visited Shibuya station even in the mornings when there were no food stalls for sale.

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