Thursday, 18 March 2010


Hachikō was the pet dog, an Akita, of a Professor Ueno in the 1920s. Each day the professor would go to his job at the university and in the evenings he would be met here at Shibuya by his faithful companion Hachikō. One day Ueno suffered a stroke and died at the university and never returned to meet Hachikō. Every day for the next 9 years until he died in 1935 Hachikō would return here to wait for his master. Hachikō has become the symbol of loyalty in Japan and if this story doesn't make you want to cry you are harder than me.
Hachikō can still be found at Shibuya crossing. The bronze statue of Hachikō is a popular meeting place, a bit like the Town Hall steps in Sydney.

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