Hachiko – The World’s Most Loyal Dog
Hachiko – The Dog
Hachikō was a real dog of an Akita breed who faithfully waited for his owner at Shibuya Station. His story was popularised by the demonstration of a dog’s unyielding loyalty and devotion to a departed master. The dog was born in 1923 and owned by Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo.
Hachiko’s ritual was to wait at Shibuya Station each day for his master to return from work. One day, in 1925, Professor Ueno suffered a stroke and never returned. For the next 10 years, until his own death, Hachikō sadly kept vigil over Shibuya Station waiting for his master to return.
Hachiko’s Legacy – The Meeting Place
The dog has been immortalised as a bronze statue. The Hachikō Statue was erected in 1934. Hachikō was present at the unveiling. The Hachikō Statue stands facing the Hachikō exit outside of Shibuya Station. The statue is a famous meeting place at the entranceway to Shibuya Crossing (a.k.a Hachikō Crossing), one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections. As featured on Top 10 Tokyo – Highlights.
Hachiko’s stuffed and mounted remains are preserved in the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo. They are on display on the second floor of the museum’s Japan Gallery wing. His flesh was cremated with his ashes resting beside his beloved master.
Hachiko In The Media
Hachikō has been the inspiration of a number of movies, notably:
Below is the music video Bittersweet by Within Temptation. It features scenes from the movie Hachikō Monogatari.