Shibuya’s Beloved Dog Celebrates 100th Birthday with a Robotic Companion
Trendmaster Co., Ltd. is set to launch the “Nadenade Wanchan Akita Inu HACHI EX,” a communication robot modeled after the puppy years of the faithful dog Hachiko, to commemorate his 100th birth anniversary in Shibuya. The product features the “HACHI100 Project” logo and will be available nationwide on April 10.
Limited pre-sale of 100 units started on the crowdfunding service “Makuake” on March 8 and will continue until April 8.
Hachiko’s story is a tale of true love between an Akita dog and its owner, which occurred in Shibuya during the Taisho era. This year, 2023, marks the 100th anniversary of Hachiko’s birth.
In light of this, Trendmaster Co., Ltd. has created a plush toy robot version of Hachiko using cutting-edge technology and will release the “Nadenade Wanchan Akita Inu HACHI EX” to share the joy of living with Hachiko with many people.
The product was developed with an emphasis on a realistic design and a pleasant texture. When petted, the robot dog emits barking sounds and responds to calling, providing an experience reminiscent of living with the real Hachiko. In addition, having Hachiko in the room, waiting for your return, creates a unique experience.
More and more people want a dog but cannot do so for various reasons. However, living with a pet can enrich one’s life. Children can learn the joy of living with a pet, and living with Hachiko can foster a gentle heart, even for those who live alone. The robot dog is quiet in the room, waiting for your return.
Product name: Nadenade Wanchan Akita Inu HACHI EX
Price: 19,800 yen each (18,000 yen excluding tax, 10% tax)
Set contents: HACHI EX main unit, instruction manual
Product size: W420 x H280 x D290mm
Product weight: 550g
Release date: April 10, 2023
Batteries: 2 x AAA alkaline batteries (sold separately)