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About Hachik§

Monument at Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan (actual location where Hachik§ waited for his master) Monument located at the Train Depot in Woonsocket, RI, USA.
 

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This page is the first part of a full website being developed to commemorate the filming of Hachik§, a Dog's Loyalty, and it's fostering of stronger relationships between the US and Japan. Stay tuned for more information and development of our full website. Please note that none of the links work except the upper link to a draft Japanese page but you may sign up to be on our electronic mailing list on the right.

Using a Symbol of Loyalty to Build a Relationship between Japan & the United States

On April 21,1934, a bronze statue of Hachik§ by the sculptor Teru Ando was erected in Shibuya Station in Tokyo. The location is a popular Tokyo meeting place, with the statue now symbolizing the commitment and love of people who meet there. The original statue was melted down for use in World War II. The Society for Recreating the Hachik§ Statue was formed, with sculptor Takeshi Ando, son of the original sculptor, commissioned to make a second statue, which was unveiled in 1948.

In 2009, the Woonsocket Depot in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA became the primary set for the movie Hachik§: A Dog's Story. Starring Hollywood icon Richard Gere, and directed by Lasse Hallstr÷m, the movie, released in January 2011, was a remake of the 1987 Japanese original film and is based on a true story about a dog's loyalty to the Professor who adopted him. The faithful dog's loyalty became a national symbol in Japan and the USA. Several books have also been written about the story.

Darren Hussey, a sculptor and owner of All Classics Ltd. visited Japan and experienced the Hachik§ culture. Impressed by the original sculpture and the message behind it, he returned home to make one of his own. The sculpture was put up for sale on Ebay and was later purchased by Dr. Pilkington of the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts in Woonsocket. When the school experienced bankruptcy and the City of Woonsocket came to their rescue, the purchased sculpture was presented as a gift to the city as a token of appreciation and loyalty to the city. This presentation was made on behalf of the students during the 2012 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival.


During the Festival, the sculpture was unveiled as a gift of loyalty to the City of Woonsocket, in part as tribute to the creation of the film at the Depot and in part as a tourist attraction. In addition, two cherry blossom trees were donated by the Japanese government and dedicated by Council General Takeshi Hikahara. The Mayor of Shibuya sent Hachik§ Ambassador of Japan , Vice Chairman of the Maintenance to speak on behalf of the Mayor. Susan Gill translated into English.

The event was a huge success in Woonsocket and due to the interest in and fascination with the story, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and other stakeholders have dedicated themselves to using the event to expose the Japanese culture in and to the USA. To maintain the integrity of the Hachik§ Monument, we are developing a program to enhance and draw attention to the display and the story behind it, in addition to raising awareness and interest in each other's country between the people of Japan and the United States.


Future Plans and Projects

The Tourism Council is working with the Beacon Charter School of the Arts, RI Department of Transportation, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and the City of Woonsocket to raise funds to:

  • Maintain and improve the location of the monument in Woonsocket

  • Develop a train tour that will include a visit to the monument and movie set, and reading of the story

  • Develop informational and other programs, including this website, to promote interest in Japan and foster working partnerships between Japan and the United States

To learn more about the story of Hachik§, including the movie, monuments, future plans and development efforts as well as information about Japan, please use the links below.

 


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