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Jon Yim
Jon Yim • 2 years ago

The Hachikō statue outside Shibuya Station, a dog who belonged to a Tokyo University professor in the 1920s. Every day, the professor would go to work, and every day Hachiko would meet his master at Shibuya Station to walk home with him. One day the professor suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at work and died, never meeting Hachikō at his usual time at the station...Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait. This continued for nine years with Hachikō appearing precisely when the train was due at the station...

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Hachi, the Loyal Akita, waited 9 years for his master, Professor Ueno, who had died at work one day. Every day at the train station the loyal Hachiko waited...and waited...and waited. Hachi was so loyal to to the Professor, he has a statue at the exact place he waited, so in a way...Hachiko is still waiting...forever and ever still

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Hachiko next to Professor Ueno, of the Argriculture dept of the Univ. of Tokyo. In 1924 Ueno picked the 8th born puppy of an Akita Inu litter and named him Hachi-Ko - which means 8. They walked together to the train station every morning and Hachi came back every evening to wait for Ueno - until Ueno died in May of 1925. Hachi waited for the Prof until he died March 8,1935.

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