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Dog Awaits Return of His Master for 11 Years



Hachiko, an Akita dog in Japan, set an example for loyalty by waiting patiently for his master to return from work at a railway station. Hachiko did this routine for 11 years every day.

In 1924, Hachiko was brought to Tokyo by its master Hidesamuro Ueno, who was a professor in the agricultural department at the University of Tokyo. Hachiko would routinely meet his master at the railway station and when his master died in May of 1925, the faithful dog continued his routine.

Hachiko garnered quite a bit of attention and was regarded as a shining example of loyalty. Hachiko became a national figure and, when the dog passed in 1935, a statue was erected in his honour.

Read the full story here, or via Wikipedia.

Hachi is a revered symbol for Japanese people, which has traditionally place high regards on the virtue of loyalty.

At present, Hachi's statue at the Shibuya station has become a popular rendezvous point.
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they actually put the staute up BEFORE the dog died. i've seen pictures of hachiko sitting at shibuya next to his own statue!
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You know, I read a story about this statue being stolen from Shibuya by metal thieves this spring. I was surprised that this entry didn't mention that, and went looking at the Wikipedia entry to refresh my memory. Turns out I'm probably the last person on Earth to find out that was an April Fool's Day joke made by the Japan Times :)
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What loyalty for Hachiko to Hidesamuro must of formed at home....hmmmmm.. makes me wonder...lick lick lick..good dog ..no no no. thats wrong.so wrong.....
statue erected in his honor.
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This story has been made into a children's book published a long time ago by Pamela Turner (http://www.pamelasturner.com/). It's quite good.
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