Hachiko is known in Japanese as chūken Hachiko and tells the story of a dog who made a special bond with his owner.
The Dog Hachiko: ever heard of him? Did you say no? I had not until I went to Tokyo. It is likely that you will hear about him in Japan.
To the Japanese, Hachikô is a hero! A dog so famous that several movies have been made about him.
In Tokyo, he has a bronze statue next to Shibuya Train Station, where hundreds of people take photographs with him every day.
Hachiko’s story has even been told in Hollywood! It was filmed in Rhode Island in the USA, where a statue honors him.
Do you wonder why the story of Hachiko is so famous? Here, I will share the amazing, true and sad story of puppy Hachiko.
A Dog Named Hachiko
Prof. Eizaburo Ueno of Tokyo University in Japan had long desired a purebred Japanese Akita. A student of his suggested he adopt Hachiko, a Japanese Akita puppy from Odate city in the Akita prefecture of Japan, after searching for years for the perfect puppy.
‘Hachiko,’ which has become his nickname, and his new owner have become best friends since then. As Eizaburo’s dearest friend, he treated him as if he were his own child. Their relationship was unbreakable.
With age, Hachiko started going to see his owner in the morning when he left for work at Shibuya Train Station. He would pick him up there in the late afternoon when he returned from work.
Two years after Hachiko was born, he was sitting at the train station’s exit looking forward to visiting his dear Eizaburo on May 21, 1925. However, his owner never showed up
It turned out that Eizaburo had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died suddenly and unexpectedly while at work.
Hanako moved into the home of a former gardener of the family Ueno. Nevertheless, he went every morning and afternoon to the Shibuya Train Station for the next ten years during which the train was scheduled to arrive. For hours he patiently awaited the return of his beloved owner, who sadly never came back.
In 1932, a major Japanese newspaper reporter covered Hachiko’s story, which led to Hachiko becoming a celebrity all over Japan.
People started calling him “Chuken-Hachiko“, which means “Hachiko – the faithful dog“.
In addition to being featured in national media, the story of the dog that never gave up inspired people from all over the world to visit Hachiko at Shibuya Train Station to give him treats. As a result, he soon became a hero to the Japanese people.
Hachiko Dog Statue In Tokyo
Hachiko’s statue was unveiled in front of Shibuya train station at a ceremony attended by the dog himself in 1934.
On March 8, 1935, Hachiko died peacefully and alone on the street near Shibuya train station.
In Tokyo, the National Science Museum has now installed Hachiko on display.
In Tokyo’s Aoyama cemetery, there is also a monument to Hachiko next to his owner’s tomb.
Hachiko has become one of Japan’s most popular attractions, especially among young people.
Tokushima has had two bronze statues of Hachiko made. During World War II, the first one was removed and used to melt metal.
A beautiful mosaic of Hachiko adorns the wall of the Shibuya Station, as well.
Rare Photos Of Hachiko
Akita Hachiko Dog Museum
In Japan, you can even visit the Akita Dog Museum which honors Hachiko, the most famous of the Akita dogs. In the Akita prefecture of Japan, it is located in Odate city. For animal lovers, the museum is a must-see! ??
Akita dog specialists are available here to answer all of your questions and you can also meet and play with two adorable Akita dogs on weekdays. It was so much fun!
Mid-April through mid-November, the museum is open between 9:00 (9 am) and 16:00 (4 pm).
I highly recommend visiting this museum if you are a dog lover, especially if you are a fan of Hachikos. Here you can buy your e-tickets at a discount.
Address: 13-1 Aza Sannomaru Ōdate City, Akita, Japan
Opening hours: mid-April to mid-November, between 09:00 (9 am) and 16:00 (4 pm)
The movie Hachi. In 1987, a movie called “Hachiko Monogatari” was made about Hachiko in Japan. The original Japanese movie trailer can be seen here:
Hollywood released a remake of this film in 2009, titled “Hachiko – A Dog’s Tale”. It’s a great movie, no matter what your age is. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you check it out! I warn you to expect a lot of tears. During the filming of the movie, Hatchi was honored in Rhode Island by a statue in front of the train station.
Books About Hachiko
Hachiko’s story and life have been the subject of several great books. This first book, “Hachiko”, is my personal favorite since it includes wonderful drawings and illustrations (press the picture below and you are redirected to Amazon).
Visit Tokyo And See Hachiko
Hachiko fans will enjoy Tokyo very much, especially if they love the city. You should also pay a visit to Hachiko’s statue at Shibuya Station, to his monument near his owner’s grave in Aoyama Cemetery, and to Hachiko himself which can be found at the Ueno National Science Museum.
|Species||Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
|Born||10 November 1923
near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan
|Died||8 March 1935 (aged 11)
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
|Resting place||Aoyama Cemetery, Minato, Tokyo|
|Known for||Faithfully waiting for the return of his deceased owner for more than nine years until his death.|
|Weight||41 kg (90 lb)|
|Height||64 cm (2 ft 1 in)|
|Appearance||White (peach white)|
A pet dog waited at a train station for his owner until he died in the true story
What breed of dog was Hachiko?
Akitas are known for many reasons, but none as legendary as Hachiko. Hachiko waited around for 9 years for his master (who had died unexpectedly) to come home after work. “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” stars Richard Gere as the protagonist.
Reunion of Hachikō’s family
At the ceremony at the Aoyama Cemetery on 19 May 2016, some of Yaeko Sakano’s ashes were buried with Ueno and Hachikō. Along with her name and the date of her death on the side of his tombstone, thus completing their reunion.
A bronze statue of Hachiko reuniting with Ueno was unveiled on March 8, 2015, in honor of the 80th anniversary of Hachiko’s passing and the 90th anniversary of Ueno’s passing. Ueno was a professor in the University of Tokyo’s agriculture department, where the statue was placed.
Why didn’t Ueno’s wife keep Hachikō?
Yaeko and Ueno did not have a legal marriage. Ueno was engaged to a woman from a prominent family, but he fell in love with Yaeko. As their families disapproved of their union, Ueno and Yaeko went away to live together. She was known as “Mrs. Ueno.”
After Ueno died, she was unable to recover her home, and she had to stay with an acquaintance. As a practical matter, it was difficult for her to keep a large dog like Hachik* during these transitions, so she sent him to live with a relative in Asakusa, in the eastern part of Tokyo.
As a result of Hachiko, homeless dogs also began to receive better treatment. Everyone’s perception of stray dogs changed after hearing the story of the loyal dog. Animals such as these no longer posed a threat. They were instead embraced with love.
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