Hachiko – Intermediate

Outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo there is a bronze statue of a faithful dog named Hachiko.

Hachiko was taken in as a puppy by university professor Hidesaburo Ueno in 1924. Every day the dog walked to the train station to see his master on his way. He returned to the station at the end of the day to greet the professor as he arrived home on the 4 o’clock train.

Sadly, one day in 1925 the professor never returned home. He became ill and died whilst giving a lecture at the university. Hachiko faithfully waited for his master’s return and continued to wait each day for the next ten years.

The professor’s gardener, who inherited the house, also vowed to take care of the beloved pet. Yet each day at around 4 o’clock, Hachiko would disappear from the garden as he made his way to the station in time to greet his former master.

Sadly the heartbroken dog could never adapt to living with anyone else and lived out his final years as a stray. His body was found in a street not far from the train station in 1935, ten years after the death of the professor.

Hachiko’s body was preserved and is displayed at the National Science Museum of Japan, where it remains to this day. A monument to the dog was also built in his honor and placed alongside his master’s grave in Minato, Tokyo.