Hachiko, Story Of The Dog That Never Gave Up (1923 – 1935)
Hachiko Was A Golden-Brown Akita Dog Born In 1923 On A Farm. He was picked up by Professor Hidesaburo Ueno who took him home to his house not far from Shibuya Station. Every morning as the professor headed off to work, Hachiko would accompany his master. Walking along with him as far as Shibuya Station. He would watch him buy his ticket and disappear into the station. Hachiko would then sit down in the small square. In front of the station and wait for his master’s return from work in the late afternoon.
This became a daily routine for a year until one day in May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. Unbeknown to Hachiko, his master had suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage and died. Leaving Hachiko waiting, watching trains arrive and hoping for a reunion that would never happen. Each day for the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days. Hachiko appeared precisely when the train was due at the station and awaited Ueno`s return. The story of the dog that never gave up gained a lot of attention from local and national news, inspiring many people to visit Hachiko at Shibuya Station to offer treats. During these years he was taken care of by the professor’s relatives but he never gave up the vigil at the station for his master.
Hachiko`s Legendary Faithfulness
became a national symbol of loyalty. That impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty all should strive to achieve. Teachers and parents used Hachiko`s vigil as an example for children to follow. Eventually, Hachiko himself died on March 8, 1935. Each year on April 8, Hachiko`s devotion is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance at Tokyo`s Shibuya railroad station. Hachiko remains preserved and on display at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo.
I absolutely love this story and I think you will find it emotionally moving also. Bouvia
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