In case you still haven’t seen that tearjerker of a movie, Hachiko is perhaps the most famous dog in all of Japan. His owner was a professor at the University of Tokyo and they would walk together to Shibuya Train Station every morning back in 1924. At the end of each work day Hachiko would meet the professor back at the station and then go home together. This routine continued on for about another year until the professor suffered a fatal haemorrhage at work. For the next nine years, Hachiko returned and waited patiently at Shibuya station for his owner that would never return again.

121204_HachikoSoon enough, people started to notice and bring treats to feed Hachiko while waiting. He became a national symbol of loyalty and soon enough a bronze statue was erected in one of Shibuya Station’s exits to honour him.  Unfortunately though, the original bronze statue was recycled during World War II and the above is the second statue commissioned in 1948. This bronze masterpiece still stands today and is a popular meeting spot in an otherwise crowded Shibuya.

Hachiko died in 1935 due to terminal cancer and a worm infection. His stuffed remains are kept in the  National Science Museum of Japan.

Shibuya Crossing

Traversing the Shibuya Crossing is hands down the MOST FUN I’ve had in Tokyo. I kid you not. It was so enjoyable that I kept waiting for the traffic lights to turn red just so I could be one with this sea of humanity five times (or more) in the dead of winter. I hate winter!

Shibuya is a scramble crossing in a sense that traffic in all directions are stopped simultaneously and then the above happens. The combination of bright lights, fashionable people and shiny cars just make this the ultimate Tokyo experience. The best part is it’s absolutely free!

Kawaii Kids of Japan (Part 3)

Kawaii in Japanese basically means the level of cuteness and you gotta trust these people to create a whole industry out of it (Hello Kitty and TarePanda anyone?) You can’t really fault them I guess when you have such adorable kids as inspiration!

Let me out!

This is how to properly fold table napkins. 

I’m walking out!

This is the final post of the Kawaii Kids series. Previous posts can be found here and here.


Kawaii Kids of Japan (Part 2)

I’ve never been good at taking photos of people because for one thing, most adults get conscious when they know that they’re on camera. Kids on the other hand are just superbly camera ready all the time!

As a continuation to my previous post, below are more photos of Japanese kids taken from around Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.

Strike a pose!

Stop! I’ve just seen the love of my life in photo no. 1!

Agh! That makes me gag!