Statue of Hachikō

Coordinates: 35°39′32.6″N 139°42′2.1″E / 35.659056°N 139.700583°E / 35.659056; 139.700583
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Statue of Hachikō
The statue in 2013
ArtistTakeshi Andō
Year1948 (1948)
MediumBronze sculpture
LocationTokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°39′32.6″N 139°42′2.1″E / 35.659056°N 139.700583°E / 35.659056; 139.700583

A statue of the Akita dog Hachikō, remembered for his unwavering loyalty to his deceased owner, is installed outside Tokyo's Shibuya Station, in Japan.


In April 1934, a bronze statue based in his likeness sculpted by Teru Andō [ja] was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II.

In 1948, the Society for Recreating the Hachikō Statue commissioned[citation needed] Takeshi Andō, son of the original artist, to make a second statue. When the new statue appeared, a dedication ceremony occurred.[1] The new statue, which was erected in August 1948, still stands and is a popular meeting spot. The station entrance near this statue is named "Hachikō-guchi", meaning "The Hachikō Entrance/Exit", and is one of Shibuya Station's five exits.

The Japan Times played an April Fools' joke on readers by reporting that the bronze statue was stolen a little before 2:00 AM on April 1, 2007, by "suspected metal thieves". The false story told a very detailed account of an elaborate theft by men wearing khaki workers' uniforms who secured the area with orange safety cones and obscured the theft with blue vinyl tarps. The "crime" was allegedly recorded on security cameras.[2]

The city of Odate considered borrowing the statue during redevelopment of the Shibuya Station ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.[3]


Time Out Tokyo says the statue "might be Japan's most famous example of public art".[4] In 2019, Free Malaysia Today described the statue as "a 'must' visit when in Tokyo".[5]

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  1. ^ Newman, Lesléa. Hachiko Waits. Macmillan, 2004. 91 Archived 2019-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved from Google Books on February 25, 2011. ISBN 0-8050-7336-1, ISBN 978-0-8050-7336-2.
  2. ^ "METAL THIEVES SUSPECTED: Shibuya's 'loyal dog Hachiko' vanishes overnight". The Japan Times. April 1, 2007. Archived from the original on December 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Murai, Shusuke (2016-01-20). "Famed dog Hachiko's home city wants loan of much-loved statue". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Archived from the original on 2020-01-25. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  4. ^ Time Out Guides, Ltd (2010). Time Out Tokyo. Time Out Guides. ISBN 9781846701214. Archived from the original on 2022-01-03. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  5. ^ "Hachiko statue: A 'must' visit when in Tokyo". Free Malaysia Today. 2019-01-04. Archived from the original on 2020-01-25. Retrieved 2020-01-25.

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