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Rare Photos of Hachiko Waiting for His Owner Have Resurfaced

An unparalleled bond of infinite loyalty marks the timeless companionship between man and his dog. Over the years, numerous poignant tales have chronicled the extraordinary love shared between dogs and their owners, but none quite surpasses the saga of Hachiko—the dog who steadfastly awaited his owner’s return.


Hachiko waited patiently every day for Hidesaburo Ueno, his owner, at the local train station even after his owner passed away
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The assertion that dogs are loyal companions is no hyperbole. Various loyal dog breeds have exemplified patience in waiting for their human counterparts, spanning days, weeks, or even months. Yet, the narrative of Hachiko stands as one of the most remarkable stories of a dog’s unwavering loyalty.

Hachiko – a loyal dog

Hachiko - a loyal dog
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The emotional saga of Hachiko unfolds as the enduring connection between him and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno. Although Hachiko’s story hails from the 20th century, its impact continues to resonate globally. The tale has inspired Hachiko memorials and even a movie, documenting the extraordinary bond between Hachiko and Ueno.

Hachiko, an Akita Inu born in 1923 on a farm, found a home with Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo. Their daily routine involved walking to Shibuya train station, where Ueno bid farewell to him before boarding the train to work. Hachiko, affectionately known as Hachi, spent the day waiting for Ueno, receiving treats from locals and station workers during his vigil.

Hachiko - a loyal dog
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Tragedy struck when Ueno suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage, never returning home. Unaware of his owner’s demise, Hachi faithfully continued his routine, waiting for Ueno at the station daily. Hachi’s steadfastness earned him the moniker “the faithful dog.”

For over nine years, Hachi maintained hope, but on March 8, 1935, he was found dead, likely from natural causes. His body, placed in the train station’s baggage room, was surrounded by Ueno’s wife and station staff. Despite his passing, his story endures.

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The statues pay tribute to a fine companion

Hachiko - a loyal dog
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Preserved at the National Science Museum of Japan, Hachiko’s memory lives on through monuments and a movie titled “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.” A bronze statue outside Shibuya Station, destroyed in World War II but replaced in 1948, stands as a tribute. The station entrance and a train line were named in Hachiko’s honor.

Hachiko’s story lives on

Hachiko - a loyal dog
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Commemorating Hachiko is an annual tradition observed every 8th of April with a memorial service held outside Shibuya Station. The statue dedicated to him becomes a canvas for expressions of remembrance, adorned with scarves, Santa hats, and even, in recent times, a surgical mask.

Hachiko’s legacy extends to the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, where his mount is displayed. A portion of his remains finds a final resting place at Aoyama Cemetery, sharing the space with Ueno and Yae. Beyond Japan, statues immortalizing Hachiko can be found in Odate, Ueno’s hometown; Hisai; the University of Tokyo; and Rhode Island, serving as an American backdrop for the 2009 movie.

On March 8, 2015, marking the 80th year since his passing and the 90th anniversary of Ueno’s death, a bronze statue reunited Hachiko with Ueno. The story, immortalized in film, captures the extraordinary devotion of a dog to its owner. Hachiko’s legacy lives on, and is remembered and cherished worldwide. He has showcased the profound love and affection that dogs share with their human counterparts.


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  2. Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog That Waited at Train Station for Deceased Owner.” Cesar’s Way. March 21, 2020

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