Hachiko Reunited with his human!

hachiko owner statue reunited
Hachiko finally reunited with his human. People cheer as the bronze statue of Hachiko and his human, Hidesaburo Ueno, is unveiled at the University of Tokyo. ~Image courtesy Sayaka Yamaguchi

In a span of 90 years, the loyalty of a dog from a sleepy town in Japan has traversed from Shibuya via newspapers, reached Tokyo and neighbouring islands via textbooks and animated films and further across the oceans via a Hollywood adaptation; it would hardly come as a surprise if we find in an internet survey that Hachiko is the world’s most famous dog.

Hachiko reunited with his human

A bronze statue was installed at the University of Tokyo where Hachiko’s human Hidesaburo Ueno (1871-1925), was a professor of agricultural engineering. The statue depicts Hachiko jumping up to greet Ueno, who is extending his hand to pat the dog.

Hachiko died of the filarial disease in 1935, 10 years after Ueno’s death. All through these years, Hachiko religiously kept coming, each day without fail, to the  railway station, waiting for Ueno to return from college.

…and he waited his entire life for someone who couldn’t come home.

In commemoration of the daily vigil, a lone statue of Hachiko was erected in front of Shibuya Station in 1934, even while the canine was still alive.

Hachiko loyal dog
Finally, reunited!

In an another realm, Ueno and Hachiko reunited, must be looking down at the statue with a smile.

Here are dogs who waited for their humans. Also, see Wrestlers who dote on their dogs.

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4 thoughts on “Hachiko Reunited with his human!”

  1. Sooo brilliant and touching…. sooo happy that Hachika got renuited with his human. He deserved this at the least….

  2. Archana Kapoor

    Superb! I just saw the movie a few months back… and this post has brought such welcome news! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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