When my wife was planning our Japan trip late last year, I had one singular purpose why I wanted to go to Tokyo. No, it is not to visit Tokyo Disneyland, but to pay tribute to a dog who was the epitome of loyalty to his human companion/guradian (I detest the use of “master” – since that is from the point of view of the human, not the dog’s): Hachikō.
Hachikō was an Akita dog who lived with a Tokyo University professor, Hidesaburō Ueno in 1924. Hachiko was so loyal to the professor that he waited for him at the exact same spot in Shibuya train station in Tokyo at the same time each day. It was a daily routine that went on until one day, in May 1925, when the professor failed to go home on schedule because he suffered a stroke at the University and died. Despite this, and for the next NINE years, Hachiko returned to the same spot each day, patiently waiting for the professor.
Hachikō died on March 8, 1935. He was found on a street in Shibuya. His heart was infected with filarial worms and several yakitori sticks were found in his stomach. A very sad death for a very loyal friend. And for this, I just had to visit Tokyo to pay homage to a dog whose loyalty and friendship is beyond reproach.
Today, I was privileged to finally “meet” Hachiko. Hats off to you.
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