Hachiko the Faithful - an Akita dog, Hachi would drop off and receive his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, at Shibuya Station every time he went to work.
He was so loyal that, even after his owner’s tragic death at work one day, Hachiko returned to Shibuya Station everyday for the rest of his life, where he would sit for hours, waiting in vain for Ueno.
The story of the faithful dog came to media attention in 1932, and Hachiko was hailed as a hero and inspiration, with people coming from all over the country to meet him and give him treats.
This bronze statue of Hachiko was unveiled in 1934, with Hachi himself as the chief guest. To this day, it’s one of the most popular attractions in Tokyo.
Hachiko passed away at the age of 10, near Shibuya Station in March 1935, still waiting faithfully for Ueno.
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