Hachikō, the golden brown purebred Akita, is an iconic symbol of loyalty and undying love. Born on a farm in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan in late 1923, Hachikō became a cultural phenomenon and won hearts around the world.
In 1924, Hachikō was adopted by teacher Hidesaburō Ueno, who lived in Shibuya, Tokyo. Professor Ueno, a member of the agriculture department at Tokyo Imperial University, has developed close ties with the Akita. Hachikō’s daily routine consisted of waiting for his owner at Shibuya Station, where he greeted him when he returned from work.
Tragically, on May 21, 1925, Professor Ueno suffered a brain hemorrhage while lecturing and did not return home. Despite the absence of his owner, Hachikō continued to wait faithfully at Shibuya Station, ignoring the heartbreaking news.
Hachikō’s steadfast loyalty touched the hearts of those who attended his daily vigil. Passers-by and station staff got to know the faithful Akita who faithfully awaited the return of his owner. The story attracted widespread attention, making Hachikō a symbol of devotion.
In the years that followed, Hachikō’s story became known in Japan and beyond. People were touched by the dog’s loyalty and the deep connection between humans and their animal companions. A statue of Hachikō was erected at Shibuya Station in 1934, and it still remains a popular meeting point and symbol of loyalty today.
Hachikō’s legacy extends beyond his life, inspiring countless people and leaving an indelible mark on the concept of loyalty and love between humans and their animal companions.