Although I’ve heard of this heartwarming true story but watching this film still makes me tear. Maybe you might ask why do I tear over a dog story? The answer is: I’m Weak! hahahaha but again how many time do you come across a loyal dog who would return to the train station to greet you when your train arrived after work?..
The History of Hachikō
In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner’s life, Hachikō walked with his owner to the Shibuya Train Station, where the dog watched his owner leave for work. Each evening, the dog would return to the train station to greet his owner when his train arrived after work. The pair continued this tradition until one evening, the owner didn’t return on his train (he had a stroke while at work and died, never returning to the station where his dog waited). After the Professor’s death, Hachikō kept his routine of waiting for his master at the station in the evening. Sadly his master never returned, but other commuters were touched by the dog’s devotion and would bring him treats while he waited. For 10 years following the Professor’s death, the dog showed up in the evening about the time the train pulled into the station.
The dog passed away in 1935, but his stuffed remains have a permanent home in the Natural Science Museum of Japan in Tokyo. A statue of Hachikō was erected at Shibuya Station in 1934 to honor the dog’s devotion. During World War II the statue was sadly recycled, but in 1948 the original artist’s son created and stood a new statue of Hachikō, which still stands at the popular meeting spot. Each year in April, there is a quiet ceremony, remembering Hachiko’s life and mission.
A wasted that I never see this statue during my last visit to Tokyo. Anyway for all Dog Lovers out there, this movie is already screening in theater and it definitely worth your 10bucks but if you are on budget (ie. cheapo) you can always download =) Below is the trailer…
P.S: I want to own this dog! but can this breed survive in SG weather? I don’t think so right?
I feel sorry for Hachi that his owner is not coming back and the fact that Hachi continued his routine in the train station without knowing his owner is no longer around… guess that is what touched me…