Saturday, December 26, 2009
The most famous dog in Japan! You probably already know the story (which was apparently made into a movie directed by Lasse Hallström and released last August?), but in case you don't, here's the five-second version: Man has faithful dog. Man takes train to work every day. Dog shows up at station every night to meet man. Man dies. Dog continues to wait. FOR 10 YEARS.
Impressed by the dog's unwavering loyalty, the Japanese government erected a statue in Hachiko's honor outside Shibuya station, now one of the busiest meeting points in all of Tokyo. (You might recognize the intersection in the background of the photo from Lost in Translation.) The crowds come and go, but the dog never moves.