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100 years of Hachiko – the dog that touched the world

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A dog was born in Japan in 1923 that embodies the love and loyalty of these four-legged friends to this day. This year Hachiko and his story are 100 years old.

A dog was born 100 years ago who mesmerized the world with his unconditional loyalty. Hachiko, the Akita Inu dog, became the embodiment of loyalty and devotion. Her story is a timeless example of the bond between humans and animals that softens even the hardest hearts.

Friendship across borders

In 1924, Japanese professor Hidezaburo Uno found a puppy born in 1923 that he affectionately named Hachiko (Japanese, hachi: eight or lucky, ko: respectful address). A close friendship soon developed between the two. Every day, the dog Hachiko accompanied his new owner to Shibuya Station in Tokyo and patiently waited for Yuno to return from work and go home.

But fate will separate them one day. In 1925 Professor Uno died suddenly while working at the University. Hachiko couldn’t understand that his dear friend was gone forever. Day after day, the faithful dog returned to Shibuya Station, hoping to see Yuno again.

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The devotion of this dog moved the hearts of the people

The image of Hachiko waiting for Yuno at the train station moved more and more people. At first only the dog was tolerated, then a railway employee made him a small bed (1928). Loyal Hachiko became known throughout Japan when one of Ueno’s students discovered him and wrote several articles about him and the Aktia Inu breed. The dog, who spent his life for his dead master, gradually became a symbol of unconditional love, loyalty and perseverance.

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Small attentions to Hachiko’s statue continue to be seen. There was a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of his death in March. © Kyoto News/Imago

In honor of Hachiko, a statue of the faithful dog was erected at Shibuya Station in 1934. It still stands as a monument to his unwavering faith. Every day, people from all over the world gather around the statue to pay their respects and share Hachiko’s story.

Hachiko’s loyalty continues to move the world to this day

Hachiko attended the unveiling of “his” statue, but died the following year at the age of twelve. Even after his death, his legacy lives on: his story inspired people to deepen their own connections with animals and recognize the importance of loyalty and loyalty. Hachiko has taught thousands that an animal’s love knows no bounds and that we have a responsibility to return that love.

In a world often characterized by haste and superficiality, Hachiko reminds us that simple gestures of loyalty and devotion make a difference. He showed us that true friendship doesn’t need words, but a sense of connection that touches us more deeply than anything else.

This Dog’s Unmatched Love was filmed in 2009

As Hachiko’s 100th birthday is celebrated, many, not just dog owners, are remembering the world’s most loyal dog. His legacy lives on in their hearts and is passed down from generation to generation. Hachiko showed that a dog’s love is infinite and true friendship can survive even death.

It is impossible to write about Hachiko without mentioning the film of the same name. Hachiko: A Wonderful Friendship was released in 2009 and starred Richard Gere (Human) in the lead role. With Carr’s impressive portrayal and emotional scenes, the filmmakers have managed to capture the emotional bond between humans and animals in a captivating way. This piece is a beautiful tribute to the extraordinary loyalty and love that Hachiko showed us throughout her life. He reminds us that communication with our animal companions is something special that transcends words and time.

The web is loving Hachiko’s story — and shedding bitter tears

A post from BBC News at Facebook Hachiko’s 100th anniversary drew lots of comments and tears. Here is a selection of comments:

  • “This movie made me cry like a baby.”
  • “I cried and cried and then hugged my dogs. A beautiful picture – Hachi, we love you forever.”
  • “It’s a very bad film. I can’t watch a dog picture anymore.”
  • “I remember reading about this loyal, loving dog a while back and it brought tears to my eyes! Truly man’s best friend personified!”

This article was created with the help of machines and carefully reviewed by the editor Anna Heyers before publication.

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