Shibuya's 'green frog' train tourist info center heading to Akita
Japan Times -- Aug 04
An old train car that has served as a tourist information center outside Tokyo’s busy Shibuya Station was removed Monday to be relocated to the birthplace of Hachiko, the famously loyal dog immortalized in a nearby statue.

The carriage, nicknamed “green frog” due to its color, will arrive in Akita Prefecture on Thursday and be used as a resting space for visitors at a tourist facility promoting the popular Akita breed of dog to which Hachiko belonged in the city of Odate, his birthplace.

Hachiko garnered nationwide attention in the 1920s and 1930s for having shown up at Shibuya Station to await his deceased owner’s return from work every day for about 10 years.

The train car, a Tokyu Railways carriage of a type in service from 1954 to 1986, had been part of Hachiko Square in front of the station facing the famous Shibuya scramble crossing since 2006. It was located just opposite the statue of the dog, one of the most popular meeting places in the capital.

引っ越し先は忠犬ハチ公の「縁」で決まりました。渋谷駅の待ち合わせ場所としても親しまれてきた「青ガエル」と呼ばれる東急5000系車両が3日、東京・渋谷の再開発に伴って広場から搬出されました。  3日午後の渋谷駅前。おなじみの光景ですが、2日までとは違うところがあります。「鉄道の車両」がありません。以前、撮影された映像の中にも映り込んでいた緑の車体。愛称は青ガエル。  渋谷に本社を置く東急電鉄で昭和の時代に運用されていた車両。渋谷区が譲り受け、2006年から「青ガエル観光案内所」として設置されていました。その青ガエルが3日、渋谷駅前から撤去されたのです。全長11メートル余り、重さは約11トン。作業は午前1時すぎに始まり、午前5時すぎで終了しました。大規模再開発が行われている渋谷駅周辺。ハチ公の像に見守られるように設置されていた青ガエル。この後はハチ公生誕の地、秋田県大館市に移設されます。青ガエルは6日に到着する予定です。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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