Monday, September 04, 2006

Shibuya, part 2: Hachiko

Hachiko

The Hachiko exit of Shibuya station is a popular meeting spot for people of all ages. Most people hooking up for a day in the city choose this cute little dog statue as a place to find each other.

There's a rather interesting history behind this statue. Hachiko was a real dog--he belonged to a Tokyo University professor named Eisaburo Ueno in the 1920's.

Hachiko was the quintessential example of the spirit that embodies man's best friend. He would see professor Ueno to the station every morning, and trot out to wait for him as he came home at night.

When the professor died, his wife moved out of Tokyo. She gave Hachiko to some relatives who lived near the station, but he wouldn't stay with them. Every time he had a chance, he would dash away to Tokyo station to wait for his master.

Years later, one of professor Ueno's former students heard about Hachiko's constant vigil. He wrote about it, and the story quickly became a national sensation. People used the story as a symbol of the kind of loyalty they were trying to promote.

Eventually, Hachiko's popularity grew to the point that a bronze statue was carved in his honour. He was even present at the unveiling in April 1934. It was melted down to aid in the war effort during World War II. But even this couldn't diminish his fame. After the war, people petitioned for--and were granted--a new statue in Hachiko's honour.

Hachiko died in 1935. But even today, over 70 years later, it's no surpise that people choose to meet by the statue of the dog who would always be waiting for his master.

(Special thanks to Wikipedia for information for this article.)

14 Comments:

At 6:42 PM, Blogger micki said...

Fascinating history behind that little statue that has become such a landmark.

 
At 11:15 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

Yes, I actually met someone there 35 years ago !

 
At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Mihail said...

i have watched this movie few minutes ago ( Hachiko )2009 , this is a great movie ,even makes me look for it on the internet ,read about and leave a comment .there is no words to describe it.

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Yani said...

hachiko the great movie

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Sookie said...

this is just truly a wonderful touching story... i just finished watching it few mins ago too.. animals are just so loyal...dogs especially...love hachiko so much:)

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger romiwina said...

que gran ejemplo de amor y entrega , sufrio tanto , ahora esta en el paraiso con su amo.
yo vi tambien las 2 peliculas que se han hecho sobre el y merece mas su gran cariƱo

 
At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw this movie, I knew nothing about this dog until now and I'll be remember this story forever. This is a good example for us !!

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

yeah ive seen the movie ... its so great i really love the movie .. i cry many times in that movie .. try to see it .. fantastic , one day soon ill go to japan to see his statue ..

 
At 4:16 PM, Anonymous keiza said...

I prefer the Hachiko movie Japanese version ......i think that movie version more dramatic.

 
At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May everyone in this world experience a fraction of the dedication, loyalty, and love Hachiko demonstrated for 9+ years; sincerely think the world would be an incredibly wonderful place.

What a fantastic and tremendously moving film. Remember to watch the Japanese version as well!!! I'm off to play with my pup!!

 
At 5:06 PM, Anonymous RUSIRI RANASINGHE from 292 kaluwairippuwa west, Katana, SRI LANKA said...

I'm from Sri Lanka.My Name Is Rusiri Ranasinghe.My dear frinds "HACHIKO" teach us what is the reality of our life.He hasn't laguage but he tolld everithings. I watched the film also.It was great.My mind flimsy.It not easy to get up tears from my eyes.But "HACHIKO" My lovely pet done it with changed of life also thanks to all to day is 1st of may 2011

 
At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cried when i see this movie...love you hachi.....

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger Akash Shooting STAR said...

I LOVE YOU HACHIKO,,,, THIS VERY HEART TOUCHING MOVIE I CRIED IN THE END OF THIS MOVIE

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely an amazing story and movie!! I cried many times watching it.

 

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