Tokyo 1924 – Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo, took an abandoned dog – golden brown Akita- into his home and named him Hachikō. Every day, Hachikō greets the professor at the Shibuya Railway Station after work. This routine ended in May 1925 when the professor suffered due to cerebral hemorrhage. The professor was not able to return to the station but Hachikō waited for him for at that station for nine (9) years.
Commuters who known Hachikō and his owner felt sorry for the dog. They started feeding Hachikō at the station. One of Ueno’s students published articles about Hachikō’s loyalty towards his owner. Many Japanese people were moved by these articles and would refer to Hachikō to inspire their children.
On March 8, 1935 Hachikō died because of terminal cancer and infections. His remains have been preserved at the National Science Museum of Japan, Tokyo. A Bronze statue of Hachikō was built at the Shibuya station. Each year on April 8th, dog lovers come at the Shibuya station to honor Hachikō for his loyalty towards his owner.
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