I had cried very emotionally when I had watched the movie ‘Hachi: A Dog’s tale‘. If I remember correctly, it was my mother, my cousin Veena and I who had watched this movie together, we had all cried in fact. I still feel and have the same emotional feeling even when I think about this beautiful dog now.
‘Hachikō‘ was an Akita dog and he is remembered for the loyalty he had for his owner, even after 9 years of his owner’s death. Story goes that one day the owner went to work at Shibuya station in Tokyo and never returned, as he died on the way back home. The dog would come every single day for the next 9 years, in the evening waiting for his owner to return till it died.
The movie ‘Hachi: a Dog’s tale’ was released in the year 2009 and the role of the owner was played by Richard Gere. It was a true story of the love between a human and his dog. The dog that was known for its loyalty.
In remembrance of this loyal dog, there is a sculpture of Hachikō, just outside the Shibuya station and the exit is also known as Hachikō exit (exit #8).
When I planned to visit Tokyo, I had to go see the sculpture of ‘Hachikō’. Visiting and looking at the sculpture of ‘Hachikō’ was very close to my heart. Call me emotional, but I was dumbstruck and overwhelmed. I do not have the words to describe what I felt looking at the sculpture of this amazing creature, which I always wanted to see from the time I had watched this movie. To make it even more adoring, there was a cute cuddly cat sitting at the paws of ‘Hachikō’.
I am very glad to have seen ‘Hachikō’ and ticked off my bucket list item. I would definitely recommend each and every dog lover to
- Watch the movie and
- Visit this sculpture as part of their travels to Tokyo.