To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the erection of the current statue of Hachiko, this very unique exhibition had organized by the Shibuya Folk and Literacy Museum. I donated an old magazine with the picture of Helen Keller touching the statue of Hachiko (photographed in 1948) and loaned photographs from the collection I exhibited in New York and Los Angeles.
Helen Keller and Hachiko Exhibition will continue till March 23rd 7:00 pm. Please come see rare pictures and letters on Helen and Hachiko.
Helen Keller and Hachiko Exhibition preview Night was held on March 8th, the 83rd anniversary of Hachiko' s death. I gave a talk on Helen Keller and Hachiko's relation and Dr. Steven Takamatsu, the President of Akita Dog Preservation Society in the US gave a lecture on Akita dogs. He brought three Akita dogs and the participants pet the dogs and took pictures with them.The producer of the Hollywood movie "Hachi. A dog's tale", Vicki Shigekuni-Wong joined us. I enjoyed talking about Hachiko with her! It was a wonderful event to share the story of Hachiko with many people in Los Angeles area.
Helen Keller and Hachiko Exhibition gallery talk for press was held. After my speech on the connection between Helen Keller and Hachiko, several guests gave nice speeches.
Jennifer Hale from the Perkins School for the Blind, Heidi Conkling from Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park, Diane Lynch who gave me the 1948 ' Mainichi Graphic' that has a wonderful image of Helen Keller and the statue of Hachiko, JoAnn Dimon, President of the Big East Akita rescue and Mark Ackerman , Executive Vice president of Lighthouse Guild were the speakers. It was a wonderful event!
The 82nd Hachiko Memorial Ceremony was held at the statue of Hachiko in front of Shibuya station. The Mayor of Shibuya Mr. Hasebe, the Mayor of Odate, Mr.Fukuhara, the Chairman of the statue of Hachiko Committee, Mr. Kamijo and people who have connections to Hachiko and several Akita dogs attended the special ceremony to pay tribute to Hachiko.
I went to see the Akita dog Exhibition at a park in Ariake, Tokyo. This exhibition was organized by the Akita Dog preservation Society.
I worked as a producer to erect the statue of professor Ueno and Hachiko at Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park. The statue is the reproduction of the statue at the University of Tokyo which was erected on March 8th, 2015. The unveiling ceremony was held at Abbey Glen and 200 people and 3o dogs attended the ceremony.
I had a meeting with the Ambassador Takahashi at the Consulate of Japan in New York .
We watched the movie "Hachi" staring Richard Here at Westport Senior Center and talked about Hachiko and the era.