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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
At Shibuya Station in Tokyo, you'll find a monument honoring Hachiko, a Akita Inu dog who was so intensely loyal to his owner that after the man died suddenly at work, Hachinko waited at the train station every day for 12 years hoping he would come home. The Richard Gere movie "Hachi" was based on this story.
The story of Hachiko is very sad yet inspiring as well. Hachiko was found by Professor Ueno in Shibuya Station. Every day, Hachi would meet his owner at the station after work. One day, Professor Ueno had a hemorrhage and died, never to return to the station where Hachi waited. Hachiko waited for nine years at the station, and only stopped when he died. This story is about never forgetting someone you love. When I saw the movie, I teared up.
Hachiko, the loyal Akita, who walked his owner to the train station every morning and waited for him every afternoon. When his owner died one day at work Hachiko continued to return to the station every every afternoon at 4 pm waiting for his master's return for the next 10 years until his death.
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.