Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #98-Shibuya Station Hachiko Statue

忠犬ハチ公

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading the characters.

Hachiko is likely the most well known dog in Japan, and thanks to the Hollywood remake of the Japanese film about his loyal devotion to his master, he’s known widely outside Japan these days, too.  I took these photos at Shibuya Station in Tokyo late last December.

For some related listening and reading practice,  try this brief news clip on youtube.  It focuses on recent research that determined the cause of Hachi’s death.

This statue is featured at the beginning, and you’ll hear the characters inscribed on it voiced.  The visuals in the clip illustrate the findings of the research and much of what the newscaster says is paraphrased and subtitled in Japanese.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H602, H238, H784)

Kanji In Context(KIC758, KIC319, KIC323)

JapanesePod101.com – Learn Japanese with Free Daily Podcasts

Originally posted 2013-02-22 00:02:05.

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