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A Look At Hachiko’s New Statue

We ran a post the other day about the new statue featuring Japan’s favourite canine reunited with his owner who sadly passed away, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. The new statue has been erected at the university where the Professor used to teach, the University of Tokyo. Recently a reporter from Rocket News had the chance to go past the school and take some snaps and video.

Hachiko Finally Reunited With Owner

For those that don’t know about Hachiko, a brief background. Hachiko was an Akita breed dog that used to wait for his master everyday at Shibuya train station. One day, his master, a university professor named Hidesaburo Ueno, passed away and never came back to meet Hachiko. Ever the faithful canine, Hachiko continued to wait everyday at the station for nine years until he too passed away.

A statue of Hachiko was erected at Shibuya train station which to this day is a hugely popular meeting place for loads of people. Now at the University of Tokyo, where the professor taught, a new statue was erected. The statue coincides with the 90th anniversary of the passing of the professor and the 80th anniversary of Hachiko’s passing.

hachiko owner

 

The statue is a loving memorial with both dog and owner showing Hachiko happily greeting Ueno in a loving pose. In case you missed it, Hollywood made a film starring Richard Gere around this story, you can catch the trailer below.