Shibuya is the next stop on our tour of the JR Tokyo Yamanote line. Like Harajuku, it is well known as a fashion capital. It is also a major station with many other lines available to transfer to and a nightlife hotspot.
Hachiko was the dog of a professor who lived near Shibuya station and took the train from there to get to work everyday. Every afternoon, the dog would go to the station to wait for his owner. Even after his owner’s sudden death, the dog continued to wait for him outside the station everyday. Hachiko has therefore become a symbol of faithfulness. Apparently when the dog died, they stuffed him and he’s on display to this day in a Tokyo museum. In 1987 they made a movie about Hachiko and in 2009 they made an English language remake with Richard Gere.
Better pictures of the scramble crossing here.