Do You Know The Famous Inspiring Hachiko Dog Story?

Hachiko Dog Story about Loyalty and Faithfulness
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You may often see dog lovers walk their pets, play with them and enjoy their furry company. Should you ask them whether they have heard about Hachiko dog story, chances are most of them have. It is one of the famous dog stories on earth. It is about the bond between a Japanese dog and his owner; about how deep this bond can be.

Hachiko the true story of loyal dog is a bittersweet story of loss and loyalty between a man and his dog. Hachiko comes from the Akita Inu breed. He was born in 1923. He was adopted in 1924 by Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor of Agriculture in the University of Tokyo. They immediately shared a serious loving bond. They became so close that Hachiko would go to Shibuya train station at the end of every single day to meet his owner.

How He Got Famous

Hachiko Dog Story about Loyalty and Faithfulness

Hachiko was only an ordinary, loyal dog till May of 1925 when his loyalty grew to become legendary. One day, Hidesaburo Ueno never came back home from work. He got a brain hemorrhage and died. Hachiko, however, still waited for his master to come back  in the train station.

Since his master had passed away, Hachiko was then provided a new home. However, every day, he would escape and search Ueno’s house, then go to the train station and wait. Hachiko ultimately quit searching Ueno’s residence, figuring out that he no longer lived there, but every single day, Hachiko went back to the train station to wait patiently.

This daily ritual continued for 9 years. Passengers who had noticed Hachiko with Ueno previously came to realize what had happened. They started providing the dog snacks to ensure that he could eat while he waited.

To Remember Hachiko

Hachiko was alive to see his bronze statue erected in 1934 at the Shibuya train station in his honor. He died in Shibuya in 1935 and was taxidermied. He is kept and able to be seen at the Japan National Science Museum in Ueno. His bronze statue got badly damaged throughout World War II. It was, however, reconstructed and remounted at one of the Shibuya Train Station exits in 1948. The exit ended up being named after him. You can find another Hachiko statue in Hachiko’s hometown Odate train station.

Impact on Popular Culture

Hachiko Movie was made as an inspiring movie

Hachiko had inspired a few popular movies, such as one of Scooby Doo films and an American movie starring Joan Allen and Richard Gere. The memory of Hachiko has so deeply penetrated into the pop culture fibers that his story is assimilated in an episode from the long-running cartoon series titled Futurama. You can also see his statue in the 2008 Square Enix game called ‘The World Ends With You.’

The Impact of His Loyalty

Hachiko dog story has become a popular loyalty campaign for Japanese ordinary family as well as nation. Hachiko is now a Japan national icon, exemplifying the standard of unwavering and undying loyalty.

If you like to watch some other inspiring stories that can make you a better person, you can read this article about my 10 best recommended inspiring movies to watch. Any food for thought is welcome :)

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Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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8 Comments

  1. Ignat

    I watched the movie before two years. What I understood from the story of Hachiko is another proof of the the qualities of these animals: unconditionally loving, forever dedicated. Life on Earth would be much more grim and gray if they were not here! For those who have not seen the movie yet – don’t waste time. The story is very inspiring!

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    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Yes the story is very inspiring (and tear-jerking) :) thank you for sharing your opinion here.

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  2. Debra

    I actually hadn’t heard this story before, which is surprising because I’m a huge dog lover! What a beautiful story, and the way you tell it here is wonderful – I love the pictures! You’re right – this dog’s impact on “life as we know it” is quite extraordinary! Incidentally, I thought I had seen every Richard Gere movie – I missed this one! Will definitely see if I can rent or buy it.

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    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Debra :) Hachiko is a legend and I’m grateful you read this article. Thank you for your compliment and hope you will enjoy the movie :)

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  3. G.C.Horton

    I have been an animal lover all my life. I could not watch the movie about Hachiko because it was too sad. Thank you for telling me the rest of the story and how Hachiko had a full life and is still honored for his loyalty.

    I wish more people would get to know an animal. I think they would find the experience life changing. It is said that if animals could speak humans would weep.

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    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Horton, you’re more than welcome :) Yes, it is actually an amazing thing that we can learn something so valuable from an animal. Hachiko is indeed an impressive loyal dog.

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  4. Jim

    Hi Alexander,

    I really enjoyed the article about hachiko. Believ it or not this is the first time I have heard this inspirational story.
    Dog’s truly are a man’s best friend, their loyalty know’s no bound’s.
    A great piece that truly pull’s on the heart string’s. It is nice to know this great show of loyalty did not go unnoticed by the world.

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Jim. No worries. There are still a lot of people that never heard about this awe-inspiring dog. He is quite a legend in Asia, though. So I think it is best to write an article dedicated to Hachiko. Thanks for reading this :)

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