18 October 2007

Tokyo: Hachiko advises the feuding doggies !

Today, I'll show you one of the must see sights of Tokyo - the Shibuya area.



Shibuya Commuter Train Station is the 3rd busiest train interchange in Tokyo, and it's one of the best shopping areas in Tokyo as well, more so if you are looking for Ah Beng and Ah Lian clothes, accessories, and to people watch. It's also where you'll find a very yummy sushi place called Midori (it's in Shibuya Mark City).

It's also where you find the world's busiest scrambe interchange ... scramble interchange meaning a street crossing where all the vehicle traffic is stopped for pedestrian crossing, resulting in a mad scramble across the street. When I visited it, it was on a public holiday, during non rush hour, and yet, it felt like half of the population of Tokyo was crossing the street as the same time as I was !



One of the other attractions in the Shibuya area is the statue of Hachiko. Hachiko is a Japanese dog who used to send off his master, a professor in a university in Tokyo, every morning at the door, and then wait for the master to return at the Shibuya station every evening.



One day, the master died of a heart attack at work, and never came home from work. However, Hachiko, the loyal doggie, waited for his master everyday in the evening for another 10 years, when he himself died and went to doggie heaven. *touched*

The local people were so touched, they erected a statue in honor of the loyal dog.

Today, the entrance to the Shibuya station where Hachiko used to wait for his master (and where the statue is), is called the Hachiko exit, and it is a favorite meeting point for Tokyo people.

Where the Hachiko statue stands today, ironically, is one of the most famous meeting points in Tokyo. It's a given that when you meet at Shibuya station or the area around it, you will meet up at the Hachiko statue.

When I was there in Shibuya, Hachiko recognised me, and told me to bring this important message to Liucas and Dom Dom :



"Make love, not war. It matters not who farted or who is hamsap". None will be even half as loyal as Hachiko, because I suspect the moment the master / mistress stop feeding Liucas & Dom Dom, they would just find a new master / mistress !

The greatest doggie of all time has spoken barked.

14 comments:

angel said...

Meow...

may said...

hmmm, that loyal doggie story... isn't there one somewhere in US too? same statue and tale. or did I get all my folk tales wrong?

keeyit said...

Dogs always loyal to their master..

Winn said...

HAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!

eh liucas will wait for me one la i m sure . everyday 7pm sharp he will in kitchen sitting next to his bowl...

that dom dom i duno lor.;p

liucas said...

who said i no loyal!!
i very loyal to my food and my beauty sleep ok . i will show you i will show you! Hmmp!

Chen said...

read that Hachiko story somewhere before..
dogs are indeed loyal..

*giggle at Liucas and Dom Dom*
LOL

moz monster said...

angel: Er ... barf ?? ... Er ... er ... ??

may: It's been made into a movie, and also there's a book about the story of Hachiko. Maybe there's where you've come across the story?

keeyit: Doggies like liucas and dom dom are only loyal to the feeding. No food that time you see lar ...

winn: Stop feeding liucas for 2 weeks and see lar ... sure the fella go and recognise dom dom's daddy as the master !

liuas: Yalor ... loyal to food only way ... if one day, SK start to feed you instead of mummy ... you still call mummy mummy anot? Or you call SK new daddy ??

chen: ocipala ! actually, have been meaning to ask you what does ocipala mean ?

Chen said...

ocipala means... dunno how to define
something like whatever lah.. Mmmm... mixture of everything :P

moz monster said...

ah .... socipala des-ne !!! hait !

liucas said...

http://liucas.blogspot.com/2007/10/more-loyal-than-hachiko.html

Jemima said...

If you ever go to Casterton, Victoria in Oz... make sure you take a pic of the dog statue there. ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casterton,_Victoria

laundryamah said...

eh u forgot ah boy la..

moz monster said...

liucas: Please send your protests to Hachiko, the loyal dog. Moz is only the messenger.

jems: I'll make that a point ! =) ... have you been there yourself ?

laundryamah: And what about ah boy? no feuding there mah ...

Jemima said...

Yes, I have.. after so many years living there.. plus returning there once every 2 years.. I must admit I've covered most parts of Victoria.