Akita dog Hachiko
What is the story of Akita dog Hachiko?
Hachiko was an Akita dog who was born in Japan in 1923. He became famous for his loyalty to his owner, Professor Ueno Hidesaburo, who he would greet at the Shibuya Train Station every day after work. One day in 1925, Professor Ueno did not return on the train, and Hachiko continued to wait for him at the station every day for nine years until his death in 1934. Hachiko’s story touched the hearts of people around the world, and he has become a symbol of loyalty and devotion. There was a Hachiko statue in japan until world war.
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This story was famous all over the world. On a 1937 tour of Japan, Helen Keller expressed her love for Hachiko’s story and was presented with an Akita by the Japanese government.
Akita dog breed information.
The Akita is a large dog breed originating from Japan. They are known for their loyalty, independence, and strength. Japanese Akita dog is also considered to be very intelligent dogs. They are used for hunting and as guard dog. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Akita breed in 1972.
Today, Akitas are still popular pets in Japan and around the world. They are often used as therapy dogs due to their calm and loving nature.
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The true story of a loyal dog
The Hachiko story begins with the strong bond between Hachiko’s owner, Hidesaburō Ueno. Hachiko lived in the 20th century, but his story continues to inspire people all over the globe. Hachikos story inspired many Hachiko memorials and even a Hachiko movie that tells the story of the extraordinary bond between Hachiko & Ueno.
An Akita Inu puppy, Hachiko was born on a farm in 1923. Hidesaburo Ueno later adopted him (a professor of agriculture at Tokyo University). They fell in love and began a daily routine. Ueno and Hachiko would walk together towards Shibuya station. Ueno would then kiss Hachiko goodbye before getting onto the train to work. Hachiko, also known as Hachi and a scout, would wait for Ueno to return. While he waited for Ueno to return, Hachiko was accompanied by local shopkeepers and station workers who kept an eye on him.
The routine went on for many years until, finally, tragedy struck. Ueno died from a brain hemorrhage shortly after he returned home from work. Hachi didn’t know about this, and the faithful dog continued to wait for his owner. Hachi would search for Ueno every day, just like clockwork. Also, hachi was nicknamed “The faithful dog” because of his loyalty.
Hachi didn’t give up on his hope and waited for nine years for his owner. Hachiko, born March 8, 1935, was finally found dead. According to some reports, he died from natural causes. His body was then taken to the baggage room at the station, which had been a favorite spot. Ueno’s wife Yaeko and other staff members were present to photograph him. Yoshizo Osawa (one of the staff members) gifted the photo to his daughter. She recalled her father’s love for dogs and often told her about Hachi coming daily to the station where staff would gladly share their lunches.
The story went viral in 1932.
After Hirokichi Saito (chairman of the Nihon Ken Hozonkai) learned about Hachi’s story, Saito published a newspaper article in Asahi Shimbun about the mistreatment of the puppy. This story instantly grabbed readers’ hearts and made Hachi a household name. To show his loyalty and devotion, the ‘ko was added to Hachi’s last name. He gradually became known as Hachiko.
There’s a better movie.
The film Hachi – A Dog’s Tale was released in 2009. It starred Richard Gere. It’s heartbreaking, but it was shot in the USA, which detracts from its cultural significance. To better understand Hachiko’s time and life, it might be better to watch the original 1987 film Hachiko Monogatari.