Hachiko’s story of loyalty went worldwide more than 90 years ago. Also known as Hachi, his story was made into two films: in Japanese, “Hachi-ko,” in 1987, and an American version, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” starring Richard Gere, in 2009.
The looming, gray, 60-story skyscraper stands in juxtaposition to its name, Sunshine City. But while the building may look like a villain’s lair from a comic book, it is a shopping and entertainment center that can keep visitors occupied all day.
Legend has it that Emperor Jimmu, a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the storm god Susanoo, founded Japan in 660 B.C. His accession is marked each year as National Foundation Day on Feb. 11.