How long would you wait for your loved one?

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 09:56 AM

10 years is how long Hachiko waited for his master at Shibuya station. Every day from 1925 to 1935, the dog would go to the station and wait for the afternoon train, the train that his master used to take home from work. Only he wasn't coming because he was dead and so Hachiko waited in vain. Did people talk to him, I wonder? Did they gently pat him on his back and say, 'go home,' 'he's not coming.' Or did they just watch quietly, feeling a little pinch in their own hearts where a lost love ached?

Whatever the case may be, Hachiko's faithfulness and persistence made him quite famous and he is now a sort of mascot for the neighborhood. You see him on buses, on elevator buttons and in front of Shibuya station there is a little statue of him, which has become a popular meeting place for locals. Every time I passed by, it was surrounded by throngs of people waiting. And there is more fame in store for the little dog, according to Lisa; Richard Gere is at work turning the story into a film. The Hachiko legend lives on.

Hachiko statue

Hachiko statue a popular Shibuya meeting spot


In other news: We are at Narita airport waiting to board American airlines flight back to New York. Thanks for following our adventures here on the blog, hope you had as much fun reading it as we had writing it.

- Pejk Malinovski


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Comments [5]

Kevin flores from North Carolina

I have read a lot about hachi and the fact that the original statue was melted in world war 2 really breaks my heart since i have seen the movie and to be honest it made cry even though i didn't know hachi he will be one of my greatest hero's. hachiko should be remember forever he had the heart of millions of dogs he will always have a part of my heart!!!!

Mar. 25 2013 10:29 PM
Jackie from Florida

My husband and I watched together. Avid dog lovers, we agreed that if we died before our dogs that the dogs would attend our funerals. He is attached to a black lab and I to a Chihuahua.

Dec. 31 2012 10:09 PM
Luiz from Brazil

I´m crying for this dog´s history.

Apr. 03 2011 11:51 PM
Kaesi Gelelo from Philippines

I will never ever forget this film. A very touching film that made me cry and even my sis. Even I watch it for the nth times I will never get bored. To all the dog lovers please watch it. For sure you will cry. I fell in love with the movie.

Watch Full Movie Here:

Feb. 15 2011 06:51 AM
Allan Murphy

Hachiko's tireless devotion is admired in Japan. The original statue was melted down during WW2 (they were that desperate), and a replica was erected in happier days. It is a popular meeting place in Shibuya.

Nov. 24 2008 10:06 AM

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