Happy Hachikō Day – CAUTION: May Induce Tears

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Hidesaburo Ueno, was a professor in agriculture science at Tokyo University. He always wanted a purebred Japanese Akita dog. He looked for the perfect Akita puppy for the longest time, until one of this students encouraged him to adopt Hachikō, a golden brown Akita.

Hachiko, or Hachi which became his nickname, became best friends with his master, and Eizaburo loved his dog.

Hachikō would see his owner off to work in the morning at the Shibuya Train Station, in central Tokyo. Hachikō would pick him up at the station in the afternoon when he returned from work. On May 21, 1925, only two years after Hachiko was born, Hachiko was, as usual, sitting by the exit at Shibuya train station waiting for his dear Hidesaburo. But his owner never showed up…

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Hidesaburo suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and passed suddenly at work. Hachikō was adopted by a former gardener of the Ueno family, but for the rest of his ten-year long life, he kept going to the Shibuya Train Station every morning and afternoon exactly when the train was due to enter the station. Hachikō was waiting for the return of his beloved owner who never came back.

A Japanese reporter found out about the story of Hachikō in 1932 and published it, which led to Hachiko becoming a celebrity in Japan. He got the nickname “Chuken-Hachikō,” which means “Hachikō – the faithful dog.”

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In 1934, a statue of Hachikō was unveiled in front of Shibuya train station with Hachiko himself as the guest of honor. Hachiko passed peacefully and alone on the street near Shibuya train station March 8, 1935, when he was 12 years old.

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Hachikō is now on display at the National Science Museum in Ueno, Tokyo. There is also a monument of Hachiko next to his owner’s tomb in Aoyama cemetery in Tokyo. March 8th is now Hachikō Day in Japan.

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Last year a new statue was installed at the campus of the University of Tokyo, which reunited Hachikō and his master, Hidesaburo Ueno, who was a professor of agricultural engineering at the school for over 20 years.