No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to see Kai’s old friend, Hachiko.
Hachiko is a beloved dog who’s remarkable faithfulness to his master has left a deep and lasting impression on the people of Japan. Hachiko’s owner was a professor at the University of Tokyo. Each day, Hachiko would head to Shibuya Station to greet his master when he returned home from work on the train. This continued each day until one day, his master suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away, never returning to the station where Hachiko was waiting. For several years after his master’s death, Hachiko would wait at the station each day at the exact time the train was due to arrive.
Hachiko is highly revered by the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty all should strive to achieve. In 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected outside Shibuya Station, immortalizing him forever. Hachiko himself was present at the unveiling of the statue.
Kai adores visiting Hachiko and hanging out at the base of the statue gazing up at him. This is where he decided to stay for a while. If any of our koi friends are visiting Shibuya Station, please be on the lookout for Kai and send him on his way home. We don’t expect him to wait there for us forever!