Dogs have their way of making us feel loved and supported. They are so loyal and faithful to us that we can’t help but think they’re human. They’ll do anything to make us happy. And when they’re sad and heartbroken, they’re more than willing to let us know.
The story of Hachiko serves as a reminder to appreciate this unconditional love.
Hachicko: The True Story of the Loyalty and Unfailing Love of a Dog
A dog in Japan named Hachiko thrived on these qualities and more. He was a Shiba Inu and the beloved pet of Professor Eisaburo Ueno. Professor Ueno was a reticent, quiet man who taught at the University of Tokyo in the 1920s. He and his wife had a daughter, Yaeko.
Hachiko was always by his owner’s side. During the day, Hachiko would follow his owner to the train station and come home to have a good meal and rest. In the evening, Hachiko would then return to the station and wait for his master to come home. When the professor’s train arrives, they would walk back home together.
Because of Hachiko’s unwavering loyalty, Professor Ueno gave him the nickname “Hachi-kou” which means “Hachi, the campus dog.”
On May 25, 1925, Professor Ueno went to work as usual. At the train station, Hachiko sat waiting for him to arrive, but the professor never came home. He died because of brain hemorrhage while giving a lecture at the university.
Even after the professor’s death, Hachiko came to the train station every day; he would wait for the train to arrive and greet his owner, but his owner never arrive at the station anymore. For ten years, Hachiko continued to wait at the station. This faithful dog still waited at the train station until his own death on March 8, 1935.
The story of Hachiko became known to the public and was published in a news article in 1930. Hachiko was portrayed as a loyal dog who would wait for his master at the station until his death. His name is now used as a symbol of loyalty in Japan.
Japan Paid Tribute to Hachiko By Building a Statue
The story of Hachiko had touched the hearts and minds of people in Japan. As a tribute, the Shibuya train station in Tokyo built a bronze statue for Hachiko. The statue was placed on the exact spot where Hachiko used to wait for his owner.
The bronze statue was made by sculptor Setsuo Inoue and placed there on October 8, 1934. The statue depicts a faithful dog sitting beside a suitcase with a nameplate near it. On top of the suitcase are the professor’s hat and coat.
The statue has become a tourist attraction in Japan and people from all over the world have visited the station to see it. Many tourists have taken photographs of themselves posing with the iconic Hachiko statue.
Today, Hachiko’s statue is one of the most widely known symbols in Japan. However, the story of Hachiko’s loyalty and unwavering love for his master is immeasurable.
Hachiko’s story is truly heartwarming. We can learn a lot from this loyal dog. His story reminds us of the unconditional love we have for our pets and how they provide comfort in times of need and continue to touch the hearts of loyal dog lovers today.
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