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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hachiko:A true loyalty dog's story.

Did you ever seen a human at the train station waiting for 9 years.for whom he loved?but dog does waiting  faithfully without failed  for 9 years for it deceased master.i already knew about the story of Hachi before i watch the movie.
Based on a true story from Japan, Hachiko Monogatari (literally “The Tale of Hachiko”)
A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
The movie trailer....

The Story of Hachiko

     The story of Hachiko took place prior to WWII.  Hachiko was born in 1923 in Akita and was brought to Tokyo in 1924 by his owner, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the Agriculture depart of University of Tokyo. They lived in Shibuya, a district in Tokyo, where Hachiko would walk with his master to the train station each morning to see him off to work.  Every evening, at the precise time Professor Ueno was due to return, Hachiko would go over to the station to welcome his master and return home together. This went on, day in and day out, for 1 year and 4 months, when one day Professor Ueno didn't make it back home.  Professor Ueno had died from a sudden cerebral hemorrhage while in a meeting at the university.  Hachiko was thereafter given away, but would manage to continually escape and went back to his master's house.          
   After a while, Hachiko apparently realized that his master didn't live there anymore, so he would go to wait for his master at Shibuya station everyday.  As months and years went by, commuters at the Shibuya station took note of Hachiko and would bring him food and drinks.  Stories of Hachiko faithfully waiting for his master began circulating and one former student of Professor Ueno started publishing articles about Hachiko.    
    In 1932, one of the articles ran in Japan's largest newspaper, which instantly threw Hachiko into the national limelight.  In 1934, a bronze statue of the dog was erected at Shibuya station.  The statue remains a famous landmark today, especially as a rendezvous spot.  Hachiko passed away a year later in 1935 at Shibuya station, still waiting for his master's return till his very last breath.  Hachiko's remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.
    In 1937, two years after the passing of Hachiko, an Akita inu was given to Helen Keller while she was touring Japan.  That was the first Akita to America.  Sadly, the dog (named Kamikaze-go) died shortly after, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs did arrange to present Helen Keller with another Akita, little brother to Kamikaze-go, named Kenzan-go.  The Second World War broke out after that and it wasn't until the end of the war when many US servicemen took Akita dogs home with them that the Akita inu became a familiar dog breed in America.

           This touching tale of Hachiko has inspired a movie to be made about his life with Professor Ueno in 1987.  The Japanese film is called "Hachiko Monogatari".  The Hollywood version of the movie called "Hachiko: A Dog's Story" was released in August 2009

Statue of Hachiko at Shibuya Station

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