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. Teachers and parents used Hachiko's vigil as an example for children to follow.
Dogs are one of the most wonderful creatures to roam this earth. Not only will they protect you and love you unconditionally, but they are also loyal to you till death. just like Hachiko, who was a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years for his owner.'
Hachiko, a golden brown Akita, was born on November 10, 1923, at a farm located in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at Tokyo Imperial University, brought him to live in Shibuya, Tokyo, as his pet.
Hachikō would meet Ueno at Shibuya Station every day after his commute home. This continued until May 21, 1925, when Ueno (dog's owner)died of a cerebral hemorrhage while at work. From then until his death on March 8, 1935, Hachikō would return to Shibuya Station every day to await Ueno's return.
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. At first, the station workers were not all that friendly to Hachiko, but his fidelity won them over. Then People started to bring Hachiko treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
The faithful pet Hachiko died on March 8, 1935, at the age of 11. He was found on a street in Shibuya. In March 2011, scientists finally settled the cause of death of Hachikō: the dog had both terminal cancer and a filaria infection. There were also four yakitori skewers in Hachiko's stomach, but the skewers did not damage his stomach nor cause his death.
After his death, Hachiko's 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. 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.
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. Teachers and parents used Hachiko's vigil as an example for children to follow. Hachiko's faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty, particularly to the person and institution of Emperors.