In 1923, a golden brown Akita dog named Hachiko was born on a farm in a city of Odate in Akita Prefecture. A professor named Hidesaburo Ueno adopted Hachiko and treated him like his own family. The master showered him with love and the dog returned the affection the professor showed him.
Their bond was so strong that everyday, Hachiko would accompany his master to Shibuya station. Every single day, the dog would patiently wait for his master’s return from work in the late afternoon.
Everyday, Hachiko would patiently wait for his master at the train station.
This happy routine came to an end when tragedy struck in 1925. Professor Ueno suffered from a brain hemorrhage and passed away. Hachiko, who was clueless about his master’s fate, continued waiting for his return. For the next 10 years, the poor dog awaited his master’s return in the train station anticipating a reunion that would never happen.
For 10 years, the loyal dog waited each day at the station without knowing his master died.
The story of Hachiko’s enduring love for his master captured the hearts of the Japanese people. In fact, many who heard about his story were inspired to visit him in Shibuya Station to offer him treats. At this time, Hachiko was under the care of the professor’s relatives yet he constantly returned at the station for his master.
For his ever-faithful devotion to his owner, Hachiko became a legendary figure.
Hachiko was found dead on a street in Shibuya on March 8, 1935. His owner’s wife and station staff sit around his body, mourning the loss of the faithful companion.