Hachiko, tribute to a loyal dog in Tokyo

1 October, 2012 0 Comments

Hachiko, a loyal dog

Laika and Lassie are famous dogs of the western world in Japan, but if we speak of a famous Japanese dog, we must talk about Hachiko.

This is the name of the Akita dog breed that was born in 1923 in the city of Odate. Shortly after he moved to Tokyo to live with its owner, a professor at the University of Tokyo called Eisaburo Ueno. The two-day trip by train did so within a cardboard box. When Hachiko arrived at its destination seemed dead in its housing. But, with a little milk and pampering, dog revived and was baptized as Hachi.

Haichi is eight in Japanese, and the corresponding kanji (ideogram) looked to their crooked front legs. Although he was destined to be the dog of the daughter of professor, shortly after arriving the daughter got married and the dog was left with the professor. Hachiko was waiting for him all the days in front of Shibuya station, and waited for him for years, even after the professor died. It did so for ten long years until finally Hachiko also died.

Many people were excited to learn about the history of Hachiko and began to be known as “the faithful dog“.

In 1934, it was placed a bronze statue in his honor in the same Shibuya station and on the opening day there was the dog, still alive. During the Second World War, the statue was melted down, but once the conflict has ended it returned to take shape in 1947.

Today, if you are going to the Shibuya station you can see how it has become a meeting point. There are other statues of Hachiko in the Ueno park and in the Odate station. His mortal remains are dissected in the Natural Sciences Museum in Ueno, Tokyo.

Its history has become very popular in the world, thanks to a film entitled “Hachiko: a dog’s Tale“, starring Richard Gere.

Here’s a video of this film:

 

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