Anyone with more than a week in Tokyo has spent some time with Shibuya's mascot, Hachiko, waiting and watching thousands of individuals merge on cue into a tsunami of mass determination and consumerism, a scramble of humanity.

Life's big questions can surface at such a crossing. In Hachiko Time, there are no answers, there is only waiting. Hachiko, the faithful Akita pooch, spent only one year in the care of Tokyo University Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, but quickly learned to meet his master at the end of each day outside Shibuya station.

When Ueno died suddenly in 1925, Hachiko was left out of the loop. The dog spent the next 11 years returning each day in hopes that Ueno would reappear.