Hachiko

Hachiko was the loyal Akita dog of Hidesamuro Ueno, a professor at Tokyo University.  Every day, Hachiko would wait for him to return from work at the nearby Shibuya train station.  Even after his death due to a stroke in 1925, Hachiko continued to wait for his master everyday for the next 10 years.

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(Picture taken from Wikipedia)

In April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station and apparently Hachiko himself was present at its unveiling.  The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II so a new statue was erected in August 1948, which still stands and is an extremely popular meeting spot today.  The station entrance near this statue is named “Hachikō-guchi”, meaning “The Hachikō Exit”, and is one of Shibuya Station’s five exits.

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Hachi: A Dog’s Story, released in August 2009, is an American movie starring actor Richard Gere, directed by Lasse Hallström, about Hachiko and his relationship with the professor.  The movie was filmed in Rhode Island.

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CBS Evening News also recently featured Hachiko, this new movie and the Akita dog breed.

9 thoughts on “Hachiko

  1. me ha estremecido la pelicula,,soy hombre de temperamento fuerte, soy medico, pero al ver la pelicula, no me quedaron lagrimas, e inclusive tuve que salir de la sala porq me senti muy mal por el triste final…me gustaria y me encantaria saber mas detalles de ese perro,, algunas anecdotas,,o algun libro que me recomienden,,,,mucho se lo agradezco y las gracias anticipadas,,,,saludos desde venezuela

  2. me encantaria saber mas de este inteligente y sin igual perro,,algunas anecdotas,,algun libro que nos narre con detalles toda su historia…por favor se lo sabre agradecer,,,en la pelicula no quedaron lagrimas,,muy sentimental y con triste pero verdadero final..

  3. hachiko was a special type of dog breeded in the mountains of japan. the owner named him hachi because hachi means eight & it was the owners lucky number & hachi was his eight dog

  4. The movie was greatest of the great.And the fact that it was based on a true story makes it even greater.

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