Visiting akitas bring touching tale to life

Students Alyssa Whalan and Ruby Malcolm with akita Thor and his owner Charlie Baughen and puppeteer Jessica |Harlond-Kenny. Picture: Elle Borgwardd418179
Students Alyssa Whalan and Ruby Malcolm with akita Thor and his owner Charlie Baughen and puppeteer Jessica |Harlond-Kenny. Picture: Elle Borgwardd418179

The production celebrates the life of Hachiko, an akita who loved his master so much that he waited at a train station every day for nine years for him to return.

With the visit falling on Hachiko Day, almost 200 students were able to get up close to a dog of the breed that inspired the story.

Spare Parts artistic director Philip Mitchell said it was a great surprise for the students.

‘Younger children were referring to the dogs as Hachikos, while the older students were like us adults and simply in awe of them.

‘The school that attended on Hachiko Day studies Japanese language and culture, so the visit from the akitas was really relevant and meaningful for them.’