There are 6 native Japanese dog breeds: Akita, Kai Ken, Shikoku, Kishu, Hokkaidō and Shiba Inu. Otosan, a Hokkaidō dog who appeared in numerous SoftBank commercials over the last years, is quite famous right now, but I don’t think any other dog will ever surpass the popularity of Hachikō. Nicknamed chūken Hachikō, “faithful dog Hachikō", this Akita dog became a true legend while waiting for his dead master, in front of the Shibuya Station, every day for 9 years, until he died on March 8 1935… A beautiful ceremony is held every year at the well known statue from Shibuya on April 8th, one month after the anniversary of Hachikō’s death.
However, today November 10 is the anniversary of 89 years since the birth of Hachikō, so I want to show you a beautiful landmark related to Hachikō and his breed: at the Shibuya Station exit towards the Hachikō Square there is this colorful and interesting mosaic representing Akita dogs of different ages..
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: