Animals That Made History –

Hachiko, a loyal dog

Hachiko was an Akita dog, famous for waiting for the return of his owner, doctor Hidesaburo Ueno, for 9 years. Hachiko was born on November 10, 1923. In 1924 Dr. Ueno, who named him Hachiko, in Japanese Lord Eight, because of the deflection the dog had in its front legs reminiscent of the kanji symbol for 8 (八) got him and took him to live with his family at his home in Shibuya district in Tokyo. Hachiko accompanied Ueno to Shibuya Station, where he took the train to go to work, and waited until he got home together. On May 21, 1925, Ueno died while teaching, but Hachiko always waited for him. For 9 years, 9 months, and 15 days, Hachiko was waiting for Ueno at Shibuya Station, and during this time he befriended many travelers who gave him food, and his story became very famous, first in Japan and then internationally. Various references in series and films to this story, especially in films based on it. In the photo, actor Richard Gere, who played the landlord in the American remake, poses with the statue of Hachiko at Shibuya Station.

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