About the Statue of Hachikō - The Loyal Dog who Waited for his Owner Until the Day he Died.At Shibuya Station there is a sculpture related to one of the most moving stories about dog loyalty to his master. This is the Hachikō dog, who used to wait every day for its owner at the station. Even after his owner passed away at work and did not return, the dog continued to refuse to evacuate. He kept waiting at the station 10 years, from 1925 until 1935, when Hachikō died.
The moving story of the Hachikō became famous throughout Japan and became a symbol of loyalty. A touching sculpture was placed near the Shibuya Station.
This is also the origins of the name of the square about where the statue is placed. It is considered a popular meeting point in the large neighborhood.
By the way, if you want to experience more of the touching story, you can see the stuffed animal of the real Hachikō in the Tokyo National Museum.
The Story of the Faithful Dog - (Courtesy of Eureka)Hachikō, known as the "faithful dog Hachikō,” was an Akita breed dog who lived in Tokyo in 1923. He became famous as the dog with huge loyalty to its owner, even after his master’s death.
Hachikō was born in Akita province in the northern Honshu Island, the main island in Japan. He was adopted in 1924 by a Japanese professor named Ueno Hidesaburō, who taught agriculture at the University of Tokyo. The young dog soon began to accompany the professor every morning to the Shibuya train station in Tokyo when he went to work. He also got used to returning every afternoon to greet his master on his way home from work.
In 1925, about a year after adopting the Hachikō, Ueno suffered an intracranial hemorrhage and died instantly. It happened during one of his lectures at the university. Soon after his sudden death, his widow sold their house and moved from Tokyo. She gave Hachikō to another family.
Hachikō didn’t feel that the new family’s house is his real home. After escaping and returning to Ueno's house, he realized that Ueno was no longer living there. Hachikō began to show up every day at the train station, just like he did when his master would come back from work.
Soon the station staff and some of the passengers noticed the dog waiting for its dead master every day. They began to feed him. He was especially cared for by the station gardener, who lived nearby.
A researcher who studied the disappearance of Akita dogs, who was also a student of Professor Ueno, published in 1928 an article about the Hachikō. The story became more popular and by 1932 the story of the faithful dog was widely publicized.
This is how the dog Hachikō became a symbol of a dog’s loyalty to its owner. The touching story became so famous amongst the Japanese, that the Akita dog breed had begun to grow again and was saved from extinction.
About a year before his death, the statue of the faithful Hachikō was placed at the entrance of the Shibuya Station. The ceremony took place, incidentally, in the presence of the Hachikō himself. He continued to arrive and wait for his master to return to the station until the day he was found dead, on March 1935.
Hachikō’s body was stuffed and is now on display at the National Museum of Science in Tokyo. The story of the faithful dog was filmed in a Hollywood movie in the 21st century. The starring actor was Richard Gere, and the movie became very successful.
The name Hachikō means "eighth prince" in Japanese. Hachikō was named that because he was the eighth puppy born in the litter.
TipsIt is recommended to see the film "Hachikō " before the trip.