Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hachiko, the legendary loyal dog in Japan

Call this legendary loyalty and love. Hachiko (November 10, 1923–March 8, 1935), was a legendary loyal dog in Tokyo Japan, remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner's death.

In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita dog as a pet. After that they become inseparable.

Hachikō greeted his master at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

The human and pet pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting.

Every day for the next nine years Hachiko continued waiting faithfully for his master without fail at the Shibuya station.

The permanent fixture at the train station attracted the attention of other commuters.

People who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day before.

This time, they brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his long faithful 9 years wait.

Hachiko waited for his master one last time on 8 March 1935 where the faithful dog died.

His stuffed and mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo for everyone to see as a symbol of love, loyalty and faithfullness.

Each year on April 8, Hachikō's devotion is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance at Tokyo's Shibuya railroad station. Hundreds of dog lovers often turn out to honor his memory and loyalty.

Hachiko's legendary love and loyalty also inspired 2 movies, one produced in 1987 in Japan and another produced in 2009, directed and starred by Hollywood's famous Richard Gere.

Rest in peace Hachiko.. We remember you...

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