Dear Gabby,

Last Tuesday, I took a  train going to Shibuya and Shinjuku.  Right after getting off at Shibuya Station, I asked the information desk about the location of HACHIKO.  This is the name of the dog, that your Ninong Melton asked me to look for.

I know you might be interested too with Hachiko’s monument.  Imagine, a dog was given a tribute here in Tokyo for everyone to admire. There must be something with Hachicko that’s worth the visit…

In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner’s life Hachikō saw him out from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting. Hachikō was given away after his master’s death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he did not see his friend among the commuters at the station. The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait. This continued for nine years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station. SOURCED VIA WIKI

Amazing dog, isn’t it?

At the mall near Hachiko’s monument,  there’s a flower shop that sells blooms of different hues; so colorful I can’t resist but too take shots…

I wonder how they grow these despite it’s not yet officially Spring here; there’s still that tail end of winter…

The streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku are considered as two of the busiest and multi-crossing streets in Tokyo. Just look at these people going to different directions at high noon.

Don’t ask me, anak how young ladies tolerate the chilling cold weather here in Tokyo wearing almost skimpy skirts…

This is all for now; I’ll see you and your mom soon.

I miss you and your mommy. I love you both.

😀  Tatay-doc


    1. i salute you…HACHIKO…….i was also a dog lover….the time that i watched the story…i can’t sleep at night still thinking for the loyal and faithfull dog Hachi…i can’t help but cry……

  1. good way to pay tribute to a dog. those flowers are beautiful. are they paper roses???

    grabe pala ang street dyan. counterpart ng divisoria natin. yun nga lang ang divisoria natin puro shoppers. ang mga business district streets naman sa pinas hindi ganyan katao pag lunch time. well in other countries naman kasi, they prefer to walk than take a cab or bring a car. dito lang naman sa atin ata na pupunta lang sa kabilag kanto sasakay pa heheh.

    1. i’m not sure if they’re paper roses, but if they are, they’re fuller than what we have in dangwa, hehehe…

      busy streets such as in tokyo need not to be as stinky as in divisoria; sorry.

  2. they featured this dog and its story in a travel channel show once. i thought that dog deserved the statue. it’s also a favorite meet up place, the show added.

  3. kaya mas maganda mag alaga ng aso, no? dogs are loyal servants while feline are kings and queens.

    how fresh looking are those flowers.

    1. i think i’ll agree with you, bing.
      i also wish someday we can afford to have a dog as a pet/loyal friend.
      for now, we’re thinking of having a pug; but not for soon.

  4. I remember this statue was part of an earlier episode of Amazing Race when the contestants went to Tokyo. A great story of loyalty really. Don’t worry about them girls in short skirts – they’re used to the cold weather by now.

    1. i am an amazing race fanatic too!
      i’m not surprise you watch that reality show too.

      those girls’ stockings may have been thermal-ready as well.

  5. this reminds me of my new japanese boss who misses his dog. i opened a topic about it because he placed a photo of his dog as his wallpaper. and now im not surprised to see that there’s one monument for a dog there. first to see it here.

    1. tutubi! who would you want to meet? hachicko or those skimpy skirt clad girls?
      hehehe… you’ll be in japan someday…malay mo, bukas na.. hehehe

  6. hello docgelo! i stumbled upon your blog recently and i must say, i love reading your entries! my husband & i went to japan in november 2009. he studied there for 5 years so we didn’t have any trouble with the language and going around different places. japan is a really beautiful place, noh? 🙂 anyhoo, i just wanted to comment about the girls in skimpy skirts. they are able to pull that off because they use soaps & lotions that feel warm to the skin. i forgot what its called, but its available in shops during winter. so there. that’s their secret. 😉 keep up the wonderful job of blogging! God bless.

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