If you haven't seen Hachi: A Dog's Tale it's a fictionalized, western version of a true story about a dog named Hachiko. In the movie Hachi is a Japanese Akita and lives in the United States. The real Akita is actually called Hachiko. He was found by a Tokyo University professor named Eisaburo Ueno in 1924. Hachiko appropriately means, "faithful dog". Ueno worked at the University of Tokyo as a Professor in the Agriculture department. Everyday Hachiko would travel to the Shibuya Station and with great devotion, wait for his owner to appear from the doors. In 1925 Ueno suffered a massive stroke and died. For the next 9 years Hachiko holds a vigil waiting for his master to return to the train station. Each day when he hears the trains whistle he heads to the station and stares at the doors waiting for his master to appear. Sadly, Hachiko died with a fixed gaze on those very doors hoping to see Ueno one last time. It's comforting to think they might now be reunited once again.
A Photograph of the Real Hachiko
As word travelled about Hachiko spirit, the community began to retell his story to illustrate the kind of loyalty we should all strive for. In 1934 a bronze statue of Hachiko was erected at the Tokyo station. Hachiko was even present at the unveiling. He died the next year and his remains were stuffed and are still on display at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.
Note: The Easy Walker appears to have been designed in 1924 from looking at Hachiko harness! Love the charm in front!
Hachiko at the National Science Museum of Japan
The Second Bronze Statue of Hachiko
Hachiko is still honoured today, at a ceremony held in April at Tokyo's Shibuta railroad station where hundreds of dog lovers gather to pay honour to a dog's unrelenting devotion to his master.
OK Miss Kodee and Miz Becky, if your reading this, watch the next video. This is how you are supposed to act when a dog is on TV! Take Note!
~ Rambling by Debbie
Go Fetch: Hachiko: The True Story of The Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita