Dog Waited 9 Years in The Train Station For His Owner To Return And Became National Symbol Of Loyalty –
Hachiko, the world’s most loyal dog, was born on a farm in Japan in 1923. One year later, he was adopted by Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at Tokyo University and moved with him to Tokyo.
Every day, the professor would leave for work at the university and Hachiko would leave the house to greet him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station.
The pair continued the daily routine until May 21, 1925, when Ueno did not return
The professor had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, while he was giving a lecture, and died without ever returning to the train station in which Hachiko waited.
Each day, for the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days, Hachiko awaited Ueno’s return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.
Hachiko attracted the attention of the passers-by at the station, especially after an article about this special dog appeared in the local newspaper in October 1932.
People started to bring Hachiko treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
Hachiko became a national sensation. His faithfulness to his master’s memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty to which all should strive to achieve and he became a national symbol of loyalty.
Teachers and parents used Hachiko’s vigil as an example for children to follow.
The loyal dog died in 1935 at the age of 11.
After his death, his remains were cremated and his ashes were buried in Aoyama Cemetery, Minato, Tokyo where they rest beside those of Hachiko’s beloved master, Professor Ueno.
his grave in Tokyo
Hachiko’s fur, which was preserved after his death, was stuffed and mounted and is currently on permanent display at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.