Hachiko: A Reminiscence of his Incredible Legend

Hachiko[1]Very few stories capture the minds as well as the hearts of listeners, especially in this pop culture of instant gratification and hit and quit’ mentality. Formulation of great attachments that transcends place as time is no longer a norm, but a rarity. This is the perfect time for remembering Hachiko the dog, and his saga of incredible loyalty.

Even though the legend of Hachiko is more than decades old, it is still as popular as the day it was discovered. So, who exactly was Hachiko?

Hachiko, affectionalty called as Hachi, is actually a national icon in Japan. Hachi was an Akita breed of dog with golden brown color, and his story is from 1925! Hachi’s owner was Eizaburo Ueno who was a professor at Tokyo University. He shared an incredible bond with Hachi, and treated the dog like his own son. This love was also reciprocated manifold by Hachi.

Every day, the professor travelled to and from his work by boarding a train from central Tokyo’s Shibuya Train Station. It was like a ritual for Hachi to see off Eizaburo to work, and receive him when he came back in afternoon, at the Shibuya Train Station. Sadly, the professor passed away at his work quite unexpectedly due to cerebral hemorrhage.

hachiko-2[6]But Hachiko continued his wait for the professor to return. He diligently kept watch for his master to and kept watch in the small square in front of the station daily. This continued for nearly 10 years, until Hachiko’s death. He never swayed in his dedicated wait for his master’s return.

His poignant story became inspiration for many, and his legacy of loyalty burns bright even till now. In today’s pop culture, remembering Hachiko is being done with the aid of multiple movies, books, and many other media. There are also statues of Hachiko installed in various locations, especially in the Shibuya Train Station.

Hachiko’s story was broken when a major Japanese newspaper published an article on his long standing wait. This story was immediately picked up by national media and the story spread like a wildfire everywhere. Many passersby visited Hachiko and offered him treats while he was alive. People still continue to take pictures beside Hachi’s statues even today.

Hachiko and his vigil for his master stands as a stark remainder of all things that are innately pure and lasting. When remembering Hachiko, always think of his unshakable loyalty and faith, even with the crippling disappointment he faced day after day. No wonder he remains an inspiration, even after 80 years!

Hachiko : The Famously Loyal Akita

hachicko-7As the spring draws near, more and more people are out with their pets, playing with them, walking them and enjoying their loyal company. As we all watch this kind of frolicking, we can’t stop to think about the strong bond between a dog and his owner. An incredible example of this kind of a bond between a human and a dog is portrayed in bittersweet story of loyalty and loss, the tale of Hachiko. He was born in the year 1923 and was adopted in the year 1924 by a professor named Hidesaburo who worked at University of Tokyo. Hachiko belonged to the breed Akita Inu which is found in Japan. The two shared an immensely loving bond right away. They both were so close that Hachiko would come to meet Hidesaburo at the end of everyday at the train station of Shibuya.

How He Became Famous
Hachiko was just a normal loving pet until the year 1925 when his loyalty towards his owner became legendary. One day his owner Hidesaburo never returned back home from his work. He suffered a brain hemorrhage at work and died on May, 1925. Still, Hachiko patiently waited for his owner to return from work at the station. Soon authorities came to knew that his owner has died and Hachiko was provided with a new home. But yet every single day, he escaped back to Hidesabura’s home and went to the station in hope that his beloved owner will show up. Hachiko soon stopped searching for Hidesbura’s home and realized the fact that he did not live there anymore but everyday he visited the railway station to wait for his return. This ritual continued for nine years during which Hachiko would wait patiently for his owner at the train station even during harsh weather conditions like rain and snow. He was fed by the passengers who had seen him with his owner during their past days.

Hachiko soon became a national icon for loyalty and immense love in Japan. He lived to see his bronze statue erected in his honour at the train station of Shibuya in the year 1934 but soon died after that in the year 1935. One more statue of Hachiko rests in Odate which is his hometown. The story of Hachiko is told in various movies like Scooby Doo And The Samurai and an American Movie called Hachiko starring Richard Gere.

Hachiko’s loyalty towards his owner is a legendary tale which portraits an immensely strong bond between a human and his pet.