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Hachikō (November 10, 1923 - March 8, 1935) True story

Hachikō, was an Akita dog born in Akita Prefecture remembered for his loyalty to his master.

dog hachiko In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Dr. Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life, Hachikō saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. Even after Ueno's death in May 1925 (suddenly and unexpectedly died while at work). Despite the fact that Hachikō was less than two years old at the time, the bond between dog and owner was strong. Hachikō returned every day to the station to wait for him, and did so for the next 10 years. Hachikō's devotion to his lost master moved those around him, who nicknamed him "faithful dog".

That same year, one of Ueno's former student saw the dog at the station and followed him to the Kobayashi home (Dr. Ueno's gardener) where he learned the history of Hachikō's life.

Ueno's former student returned frequently to visit the dog and over the years published several articles about Hachikō's remarkable loyalty.

Hachiko's story of loyalty touched a national audience when an article about him titled, "Faithful Old Dog Awaits Return of Master Dead for Seven Years" appeared in the October 4, 1933 issue of Asahi Shinbun (Asahi News). Some modern day historians have suggested that this had more to do with the yakitori (grilled chicken) vendor slipping Hachiko bits of food. Whatever Hachiko's motivation was, his actions secured his place in history as a cultural icon. So much so that in the late '90's, technicians at Sony records carefully reconstructed the sound of Hachiko's wan (bark) from a shattered 78 record. It was the only known recording of Hachiko's bark and it made radio history when it was played on the air, more than 50 years after his death.

dog hachiko statueIn April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II. After the war, Hachikō was not forgotten. In 1948 The Society for Recreating the Hachikō Statue commissioned Takeshi Ando, son of the original artist who had since died, to make a second statue.

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film-reelPre-production work has started on Hachikō: A Dog's Story, an American movie starring actor Richard Gere. The movie is expected to release in 2008.

hachiko-movie-1987

This is a original movie poster of "Hachiko Monogatari" (The story of Hachiko) Japanese film produced in 1987.

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