Hachiko: The Faithful Dog
Hachiko was the loyal Akita dog of Hidesamuro Ueno, a professor at Tokyo University. As the story goes, Hachiko would wait for him to return from work everyday at the station. Even after his death in 1925, Hachiko continued to wait for his master everyday for the next 10 years. Loyalty is a prized quality to the Japanese which makes it easy to understand why such an act would be glorified in the form of a statue--even if of a dog. Today, the statue of Hachiko is a popular meeting spot near Shibuya Station.