Hachiko : A dog’s story

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The legend of a dog named hachiko became a inspiration, a testament of unconditional affection and loyalty for the mankind. Could you wait for your love for heartbreaking 9 years near a station? You wouldn’t. This dog was so loyal and affectionate towards it master that it waited for 9 long years near Shibuya Station (Tokyo) hoping for the return of its master, who unfortunately died because of cerebral hemorrhage.

Actual photo of Hachiko and its master
Actual photo of Hachiko and its master

Bonding between the professor and hachiko : This inspiring story dates back to 1924 in Tokyo where Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in agricultural department found this dog near a station. Though the professor made several attempts to find the owner of the dog, but no one turned up to claim this dog. But during this period, Ueno formed a strong bond with this cute, little dog whom he named ‘Hachiko’. ‘Hachiko’ was like a companion, guardian and more than a family member for professor Ueno. This golden brown dog accompanied his master to Shibuya Station and waited for him till he arrived at station to head back to home. It used to greet him everday while he left for his work by train. This dog used to hop, leap and run with joy the moment it saw its master.

But one fateful day on May 1925, professor ueno passed away untimely due to cerebral hemorrhage and never returned. Cluless about the death of its master, this faithful dog waited for 9 long years at Shibuya station to get a glimpse for the return of its master. The presence of ‘Hachiko’ dog started generating a curiosity among the commuters. Finally one day, one of Ueno’s student followed this dog to the residence of the professor and this is where he came to know about the origin of hachiko. Later this student of professor Uneo published an article on Hachiko. The story became a spotlight and ‘hachiko’ became a household name, an icon in Japan.

End of Hachiko : Hachiko breathed his last on March 8, 1935 on a street in Shibuya. According to medical experts, hachiko died due to terminal cancer. In today’s heartless world, where humans are stonehearted towards humans, a dog’s unconditional affection and loyalty towards its master became a eye opening lesson for human race. A statue of Hachiko was erected at Shibuya Station in memory of this dog and his master with a view to make the world familiar about this story of Hachiko.

Adaptations : Story of Hachiko became a inspiring plot for hollywood filmmakers and the story of hachiko was made into a movie – hachiko in 1987 and was again made into a motion picture in 2009 starring Richard Gere.

Poster of the movie - Hachiko starring Richard Gere
Poster of the movie – Hachiko starring Richard Gere

There won’t be a single person who won’t feel a moistness in his eyes after reading this story of Hachiko. Hoping to receive the feedback about your feelings for Hachiko.

Prashant Badiger


7 Replies to “Hachiko : A dog’s story”

  1. Oh..what a loyal dog Hachiko was! Truly dogs are the best friends of mankind forever..nice story Prashant..”mere to aansu nikal aaye”…mere Lte.doggy ki yaad diladi..Thanku

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