Do you think your pet would do this for you?
In a true tale of ‘man’s best friend,’ meet Chuken Hachiko, an Akita who will forever exude love and loyalty. His story dates back to the 1920s in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, where he would accompany his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo, to and from Shibuya station. Every morning, Hachiko would walk to the train station with his owner, Ueno, and return at the end of the day to greet him upon his return. This continued until May 1925, when one day, Ueno never returned. During a lecture, the professor suffered a cerebral brain hemorrhage, collapsed and died, leaving Hachiko waiting at the station for his owner who’d never show up. Days passed with Hachiko still waiting on his owner. Days led weeks, weeks led to months, months led to years; For over the next 9 years, Hachiko would appear at the end of the day to wait and greet his owner. Hachiko died in 1935.
There are very few photos to show Hachiko in his ultimate state of loyalty — until recently. A vintage photo that was taken around 1934, the same year the first statue of the dog was built in front of the station and a year before his death, has surfaced. Isamu Yamamoto, a former bank employee who lived in the Sarugakucho District in Shibuya Ward took the picture of the beloved dog. He died in 1947. Yamamoto’s family discovered the photo while cleaning the house he lived in. It was then given to sculptor Takeshi Ando, who later created a second statue in front of the station. Ando’s father created the first statue.
Hachicko was featured in the 2009 British-American drama Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, starring Richard Gere. With a budget of $16 million, the movie made over $46 million. Earlier this year, a statue, depicting the reunion of Hachiko and Ueno, was built at the University of Tokyo.
Here are some photos of Hachiko, including statues and never seen before photos.
Would your pet do the same for you?