JAPAN TRAVELOGUE – DAY 1 – TOKYO – HACHIKO

by Antonio Gil February. 11, 2020 429 views

Hachiko statue in front of Shibuya Station

Hachiko statue in front of Shibuya Station

♫♫ Goodbye - Hachiko (soundtrack) ♫♫

Hachikō (ハチ公, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) was a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno's death.

Hachikō was born on November 10, 1923, at a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the Tokyo Imperial University, brought him to live in Shibuya, Tokyo, as his pet. Hachikō would meet Ueno at Shibuya Station every day after his commute home. This continued until May 21, 1925, when Ueno died of a cerebral hemorrhage while at work. From then until his death on March 8, 1935, Hachikō would return to Shibuya Station every day to await Ueno's return.

During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity. Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media. Hachikō is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公) "faithful dog Hachikō", hachi meaning "eight" and the suffix -kō indicating affection

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Camellia Staab 1 month ago

Loved the movie with Richard Gere. Quite depressing but yet very heart warming to see the love of a dog for his master.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month ago

I've also seen the movie, but I didn't know the station was in Tokyo.

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Marsha 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Love all the colorful lights captured so beautifully! Thanks for sharing the story of the dog, such a loyal friend.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Marsha 1 month, 2 weeks ago

My pleasure dear Marsha

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I have seen a cartoon of him when I was young. We get every year Japanese tourists here in our small district , just to see the statue of " dog of flanders". A similar story. Japanese love a sad ending.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I've googled it and oh boy, that is a very sad story indeed.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And they love it.

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great variety of edits in this set! I really like the way you processed the last image, and the Hachiko statue reminds me a bit of the movie Isle of Dogs. smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

There were neons all over the place. Too many stimulus for me smile I agree with you on the Isle of Dogs similitude

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Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 1 month, 2 weeks ago

This story touches my heart..I think I sow movie based on this story.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I also saw the movie. Tear jerking movie with Richard Gere

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Super images combined with a most interesting story! Thank you our good friend

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Antonio Gil Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

My pleasure Bruce

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Liz Happer 1 month, 2 weeks ago

How interesting. I think dogs make such good companions and there are a few stories in other cultures about the loyalty to their owner. I know in Edinburgh in Scotland there's a similar statue about a dog called Greyfriars Bobby who lay on his masters grave until he too died. The locals used to feed him.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Liz Happer 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I've also heard that story before but I didn't know it was in Scotland. Thanks Liz 😀

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Russell Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful captures. I would love to visit there one day .

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I hope you will Russel. Thanks

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Francesc 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I love the Hachiko image....Fantastic capture!!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 month, 2 weeks ago

It was already too dark when we got there. thanks my friend

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