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