Hachiko – A Dog Who Waited 10 Years For A Dead Master

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Hachiko dog waited for master 10 years

Many years ago, a touching story happened at Shibuya Station in Tokyo. The Akita inu dog, who had been waiting for his deceased owner for 10 years. His name was Hachiko.

Hachiko and the story of his love for his master, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, is known to all dog lovers. The attitude of a loyal animal has not only contributed to the increase in popularity of the Akita breed, but above all proves that canine loyalty knows no bounds.

Hachiko – The most faithful of the faithful

The whole story begins in the 1920s. In 1924, Professor Hidesaburō Ueno, a lecturer in the Department of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo, took in an Akita puppy.

Little is known about the dog’s early life. The animal was born in 1923 on one of the farms and received as banal a name as possible – Hachiko, which means “eighth child” in Japanese. Hachiko was the eighth puppy born in the litter. At that time, no one expected that his name would soon be heard not only by millions of Japanese, but also by citizens of countries around the world.

After moving to Tokyo, Hachiko instantly grew attached to his master and became his devoted friend. Every day, he accompanied the owner to the station in the Shibuya district, where Professor Ueno bought a ticket, boarded the train and went to work. When he returned home at night, Hachiko would always come to the dock to pick him up. The animal began to be recognized by station employees, local shops, but also by passengers themselves. He could always count on refreshments and fresh water.

In May 1925, an unexpected accident occurs. The man did not pick up his friend at the station. Ueno suddenly died of a stroke at work, and Hachiko was still waiting at the subway station.

When Hachiko was sent to the deceased owner’s parents, he used to run away from home and come to the station. The dog did not understand why the man did not return, so for the next 10 years he waited punctually in the same place where they parted. He never stopped believing that he would see his friend again one day.

The media began to write about the deep and inseparable bond between a dog and a human. One of the first people to be interested in the fate of the lonely spitz was Hirokichi Saito – a former student who had previously attended the late professor’s classes.

The man put the dog’s fate on paper and began publishing articles describing Hachikō’s extraordinary loyalty in the Asahi Shimbun daily. In 1932, one of his texts caused a sensation throughout the country, and some began to go to the station to see with their own eyes the most famous dog in Japan. From then on, everyone brought dog food and supported him in difficult times.

Hachikō’s devotion to his late master earned him the nickname “Faithful Dog”.

Hachiko dog waited for master 10 years
Hachiko dog waited for master 10 years
Hachiko dog waited for master 10 years

Hachiko’s memory is still alive

The Shibya Station Dog has become a living symbol of devotion and obedience to family. His attitude was praised in the newspapers, and teachers and parents used Hachikō’s wake as a model for children. Interestingly, there were radio specials during which his barking was played.

On March 8, 1935, Hachiko joined his master. The dog died at the age of 11 from heart and lung helminthiasis, thus becoming part of the history of the city, Japan and the whole world.

Hachiko dog waited for master 10 years

After death, the animal was not cremated in its entirety. His remains were dissected and are now housed at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo, while the rest of his ashes are interred at Aoyama Cemetery in Minato, Tokyo, where they rest next to their well-known owner. like.

Hachiko dog waited for master 10 years

Additionally, at the spot where Hachiko had been searching for its owner for over a decade, a bronze monument depicting his image was erected. It is now one of the favorite meeting places for Japanese people and tourists from all over the world.

Hachiko taught us fidelity and loyalty to our loved ones. Despite the passage of time, the Japanese still know its name and the Akita breed has become the national cultural heritage of Japan. The day of the death of the “faithful dog”, that is to say March 8, has been erected as International Akita Day.

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