Hachiko Square, JR Shibuya Station "Hachiko Family"

Ceramic relief

Ceramic relief (Shigaraki ware) “Hachiko Family” / Original painting: KITAHARA Ryutaro / Hachiko Square, JR Shibuya Station Completed: March 29, 1990

Artist's Message

KITAHARA RyutaroPainterLet’s meet in front of the mural  poem by KITAHARA Ryutaro
  
 It is a place of hellos and goodbyes
 of happiness and sadness
 It is the fashionable square where people gather
 It is the square where you feel the joy of living
 Let’s talk about your and my happiness
 Let’s meet in front of the “Hachiko Family”mural
  
    (This poem was written to celebrate the completion of the mural.)

Commentary

“If Hachiko had a family?” is the theme of this production.
Hachiko’s life cast a shadow of loneliness but in fact he had his son called Kumako. Based on that, the painter wished to create a scene that depicted Hachiko’s happiness with his big family.
In a universe with a sun, moon and twinkling stars, Hachiko is in the center. There are 20 Akita-inu playing together, it shows that the Hachiko family is expanding.
This wall painting offers striking surface unevenness formed with more than 1200 ceramic relief pieces.

Data

Original PainterKITAHARA Ryutaro PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Association
LocationHachiko Square, JR Shibuya Station Map ProducerKITAHARA Ryutaro, Louis FRANSEN
Installed on March 29, 1990 News
TypeCeramic relief
SizeH4.0 m × W11.2m
Keywordsthe faithful dog , Hachi-ko

Data

Original PainterKITAHARA Ryutaro
LocationHachiko Square, JR Shibuya Station Map
Installed on March 29, 1990
TypeCeramic relief
SizeH4.0 m × W11.2m
Keywordsthe faithful dog , Hachi-ko
PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Association
ProducerKITAHARA Ryutaro, Louis FRANSEN
News

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