Hachiko - A Story of the Undying Love of a Dog for his Master

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 21st Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ec2l23r1/
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This is the incredible story of a dog's faithfulness to his master.

Hachiko - A Story of the Undying Love of a Dog for his Master

In the year 1924, a professor of agriculture at the University of Tokyo, Hidesaburo Ueno, took a golden brown Akita as a pet. He had found the dog wandering outside the Shibuya train station and brought him to his home. At first the professor's wife objected, but she relented when she observed how closely her husband had bonded with the dog. During his owner's life, Hachiko showed up at the commuter station, waiting in the exact same spot each and every day precisely at the moment when Ueno's train would arrive.

Death of Ueno

One day in 1925 Professor Ueno did not alight from the commuter train upon its arrival at the station. The professor had suffered a massive coronary while giving a lecture and suddenly and unexpectedly died. He was in only in his mid-forties. For the next nine years, every day Hachiko would faithfully return to the station to wait for his master to alight from the train.

Hachiko, of course, soon attracted the attention of other commuters who had seen the dog and the professor greeting each other lovingly each day as he got off his train. One of the train's regular commuters, Kikuzaboro Kobayashi, a student at the university and a former garderner for the professor, saw the Akita one day and followed him to his Kobayashi home where he learned the history of the dog's life. Over the years Kobayashi wrote several articles attesting to the dog's loyalty and fidelity. In 1932, one of his articles, published in the Tokyo Asahi Shimbun newspaper, threw the dog into the national spotlight and he became an overnight sensation. Admirers would come from all over Japan to gaze at the dog faithfully awaiting his master's return. Japan's entire population was so impressed by the dog's fidelity that they held it up as an exapmple for Japan's young people to emulate. In the Japanese culture, fidelity to parents is something all children are encouraged to develop, and Hachiko became the model for the entire nation.

The end

Hachiko died on March 8, 1935, and was found on a street in Shibuya, where the train station was located.

Remains preserved, bronze statue erected

Hachiko's stuffed remains are kept on display at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.

In April, 1934, a bronze statue of Hachiko's likeness was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachiko was there, still waiting for his master's return. He waits there til this day.

Watch a brief scene from Hachiko - A Dog's Tale, starring Richard Gere, below:

Photos from wikimedia commons and photobucket

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Gail Ann
21st Jan 2012 (#)

I saw the movie about this dog - it was heart touching - I cried. My son cried too, he was actually so very upset. Just shows that animals are capable of love such as cannot be measured. One more reason to care for them, and treat them with love.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Gail. I cried all the time I was writing this, and when I saw the Richard Gere movie version (the Japanese made their own version), I bawled like a baby.

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author avatar Gail Ann
21st Jan 2012 (#)

The Richard Gere version was the one I watched with my son. It was so touching. I can't imagine anyone watching that movie and not crying.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Me too, Gail. Thanks so much for responding.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Steve, you brought tears to my eyes with this wonderful, touching story. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jan 2012 (#)

I don't know how anyone could hear of this heart-wrenching story and not be deeply affected by it, Jerry. Thankls so much for your comment.

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author avatar krrymarie
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Steve lovely story, have tears in my eyes, I can't watch the film as i know I will end up crying.
Just goes to show a mans best friend is his dog!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Yes indeed krrymarie. You will certainly cry your eyes out if you watch it.

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author avatar Songbird B
21st Jan 2012 (#)

There I am giving you a giggle Steve, and here you have me in floods of tears! Thank friend! lol..This was wonderful, and as a devoted dog lover, it made me cry my eyes out...Great Star page, even if I am all soggy now..lol

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jan 2012 (#)

You'ld have to be a sociopath not to cry your eyes out at this one, Songbird. Thanks very much for your comment.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Jan 2012 (#)

I am searching for the movie on DVD or Blue-Ray right now!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

I hope you find it Jerry, but be cautioned, make sure to pick up two or three boxes of Kleenex as well.

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Steve, thanks for this moving story. These creatures are not just animals - they are little souls and they are here with us to teach us. Teach us love, friendship, fidelity - how to llive and die in dignity. Thanks for sharing Hachiko's lesson with us.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

My wife always says that dogs have come into this world to model and teach unconditional.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

My wife always says that dogs came into this world to model for us and teach us unconditional love.

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

I agree with your wife, Steve. If only everybody shared her opinion.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

I did some math, he owned the dog for a year, and it was loyal for 10 more. Wow what a great dog story.

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author avatar avery sandiego
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

I'm right this is the movie, we have watched before....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Very cool, averygirl72.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Beautiful and heart wrenching....thanks Steve....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Delicia. Say hi to Mike, will youi. WE all love his amazing pictures.

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Of course I am crying. Just a sweet story of loyalty. I have not yet seen the movie. When I do, lordy I am going to be a bawling cry baby. Gotta love it my friend. As always, a well written and also, a well presented piece. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Sure and you're going to cry like a baby Denise. Thank you so much dear friend.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Denise.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Brilliant. The whole thing - the story, the photos, the heart-rending, the heartbreak and the love, sheer LOVE. Loved this.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Wow! - How very complimentary, Sheila. Many thanks.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

I don't know if you ever saw Marley and Me, but this reminds me of that. But with a different ending with the dog being put down. This video and the movie both made very teary eyed. It was very nice of you to share this with us Steve. This made me love my dog even more.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Clarence. Nevber sawe Marley and me.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
24th Jan 2012 (#)

Excellent write up.Reminded me of my pet dog Teddy a Fox hound

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
24th Jan 2012 (#)

Steve: I am not ready to watch the movie yet, the story was heartbreaking enough. I have had my little dog, Pogo, for 12 years. I hate to beak rules, but can I put a web page on my coment?

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
24th Jan 2012 (#)

Steve: I meant "comment".

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
25th Jan 2012 (#)

I love story's like this - thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you !Faithmorgan.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

I know I comment on this before, but had to come back and this over and over again. I have to go see the movie. I love this write up, Steve. Awesome work my friend.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Clarence, and when you watch it, have an entire box of Kleenex handy - you'll need it.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
4th Feb 2012 (#)

I will have it handy, Steve. If it is anything like Marley and Me, the tissues will be well used.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Indeed they will.

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author avatar Miley
17th Jun 2012 (#)

Is this real story ?

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