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Japanese Akita Inu: The Story of Hachiko, the Loyal Dog


Jane is a part-time ESL teacher in rural Japan and a full-time mom to one girl. She is tri-lingual and has lived in Japan for over 20 years.

A Brief History of the Japanese Akita Inu

Dogs are famously known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners. To describe a dog as "man's best friend" is cliché, but still well deserved. Among dogs that are known for their fierce and steadfast loyalty, Hachiko, a Japanese Akita Inu, is the most famous and known to most everyone in Japan.

Hachiko was an Akita Inu ("inu" means "dog" in Japanese), a breed of dog that originates in the Akita prefecture in northwestern Japan. Originally, Akita dogs were known as Odate dogs — Odate being the name of a specific region within Akita prefecture (now the largest city in the prefecture).

Breed Characteristics

Recent DNA analysis has discovered that the Akita Inu is one of fourteen breeds of ancient dogs (others include, for example, Afghan Hounds, Chow Chows and Siberian Huskies) possessing the fewest genetic deviations from wolves. With the average height of 26 inches and weight of 90 pounds, Akitas are the largest dogs in Japan and were used to hunt big game, such as elks, boars and bears.

Together with other native Japanese dogs, Akitas share distinctive characteristics such as small, erect ears, short coats and curved tails. These features have been found on ancient Japanese relics, potteries, and scrolls, as well as mentioned in ancient documents.

What Were These Dogs Used For?

There were a couple of times when purebred Akitas faced the danger of dying out. During the Meiji era, dogfights were popular in Japan and Akitas were commonly crossbred with Tosa fighting dogs. It was in 1917 that the mayor of Odate established the Akita Dog Preservation Society to ensure the survival of purebred Akitas.

Despite being declared as natural monuments in 1931, Akitas faced a second round of near extinction when during the time of the Second World War, all dogs except for German Shepherds were killed for meat and for fur to line military uniforms. Currently, many efforts are being made to preserve this breed.

One anniversary of Hachiko (March 8, 1936)

The Story of Hachiko

The story of Hachiko took place prior to WWII. Hachiko was born in 1923 in Akita and was brought to Tokyo in 1924 by his owner, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the Agriculture department of University of Tokyo. They lived in Shibuya, a district in Tokyo, where Hachiko would walk with his master to the train station each morning to see him off to work.

Every evening, at the precise time Professor Ueno was due to return, Hachiko would go over to the station to welcome his master and return home together. This went on, day in and day out, for 1 year and 4 months, when one day Professor Ueno didn't make it back home. Professor Ueno had died from a sudden cerebral hemorrhage while in a meeting at the university. Hachiko was thereafter given away, but would manage to continually escape and went back to his master's house.

After a while, Hachiko apparently realized that his master didn't live there anymore, so he would go to wait for his master at Shibuya station everyday. As months and years went by, commuters at the Shibuya station took note of Hachiko and would bring him food and drinks. Stories of Hachiko faithfully waiting for his master began circulating and one former student of Professor Ueno started publishing articles about Hachiko.

In 1932, one of the articles ran in Japan's largest newspaper, which instantly threw Hachiko into the national limelight. In 1934, a bronze statue of the dog was erected at Shibuya station. The statue remains a famous landmark today, especially as a rendezvous spot. Hachiko passed away a year later in 1935 at Shibuya station, still waiting for his master's return till his very last breath. Hachiko's remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.

We do not know for sure how Hachiko and Professor Ueno spent their time in the span of 1 year and 4 months that they were together. It is obvious, however, that a strong, unbreakable bond had developed between them that the dog would spend every day of his life—nine years total (something like six decades in human years?) —waiting for his master to come back. Hachiko's undying devotion, love and faithfulness is absolutely heart-wrenching.

In 1937, two years after the passing of Hachiko, an Akita inu was given to Helen Keller while she was touring Japan. That was the first Akita to America. Sadly, the dog (named Kamikaze-go) died shortly after, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs did arrange to present Helen Keller with another Akita, little brother to Kamikaze-go, named Kenzan-go. The Second World War broke out after that and it wasn't until the end of the war when many US servicemen took Akita dogs home with them that the Akita inu became a familiar dog breed in America.

This touching tale of Hachiko has inspired a movie to be made about his life with Professor Ueno in 1987. The Japanese film is called "Hachiko Monogatari". The Hollywood version of the movie called "Hachiko: A Dog's Story" was released in August 2009. There are also several children's books written about Hachiko. The movie and the books are especially recommended to dog lovers everywhere or for someone who wants an affirmation or reminder of the beauty of love and devotion.

sharlett stagerted on October 24, 2018:

I am reading this story at school and already seen the movie, and when I saw it, I cried

Roy on April 04, 2018:

It is sad to note how times have changed. Decades ago, in most countries, including Japan and the USA, there was a strong sense of honor, loyalty, and integrity. This dog embodied those traits, but sadly our societies have lost them long ago and now all that counts is me, myself and I.

Teddy on March 11, 2018:

Your dog is famas

Prasanna on January 09, 2018:

I have read this hachiko story but I like to read again and again

Kendyl on December 15, 2017:

This book is 1,000% my favorite and that's not even a number.Thanks.

Jenesis on December 15, 2017:

This article helped me a lot learning about Hachiko.

derose on July 09, 2017:

There are six volumes o fHatchi-ko's daily activity that are kep at the railway station masters office according to other authors that were written by the employee who took care of him that are not available to the public . Wh?

Blackford on June 06, 2014:

I know that my beloved Bo and Hachiko are enjoying Heaven together. How do I know? Because if they aren't there, it's not Heaven.

Sleet on February 24, 2013:

I've seen the original movie and the American movie. Touching and just...heartwarming. Hachiko will never be forgotten. I heard that recently, within the last few years, a clip of him barking was found and they made a big thing of it in Japan. They played it and thousands tuned in to listen. They also go every year and leave offerings for him.

Samurott2001 on January 18, 2012:

I really love this story every time i read it i cry because it is so touching

Eiddwen from Wales on December 13, 2011:

I love this hub and have to vote up up and away.

Take care

Eddy.

bobby love on October 19, 2011:

I brought our family a japanesse akitia and was reading up on them and came across hachiko story I've read it five or six times each time I get tears in my eyes carnt wait to get the films god bless a wounderfull dog xxxx

HomerMCho on September 08, 2011:

Very entertaining hub, Anolinde. Glad to know about the story of Hachiko.Thanks.

quester.ltd on September 07, 2011:

The story is known to all who love the Akita - I fell in love with this breed when I was in Japan 1965-72. We had a great beauty of an Akita but her life was way too short.

Thank you for sharing this great story about a loyal breed.

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Helengi from London, England on September 05, 2011:

What a well written and accurate hub. Thank you - I really enjoyed reading it.

I've heard differing opinions on whether Akitas are good with children - do you have an opinion on this that you could share with me please?

Dog Training Portland on April 27, 2011:

I always like to read on all things dogs.

Angela on April 24, 2011:

Nice info! Keep up the great work on posts like this.

Barry on February 18, 2011:

A moved and meaningful film you should see in your life

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on February 02, 2011:

I have always loved this story

b on January 29, 2011:

i love you hachiko u will always remain in my heart and you inspire me and will always remind me that dogs are loyal compain

I LOVE YOU HACHIKO!!!!!!!

Savior on January 01, 2011:

hachiko u will always being remember...

Jane Simmons (author) from Niigata on May 08, 2010:

Hi, Suny. No, we don't have a dog right now, but will definitely have one when our daughter is a bit bigger. I did have 5 or 6 dogs growing up, though. Our house was quite like a zoo! :P

suny51 on May 08, 2010:

Do you have a 'inu' Anolinde?I had a small puppy years before.

Jane Simmons (author) from Niigata on May 08, 2010:

Thanks, Prasetio. Best thing about it is that it's a true story! I'm a dog lover myself, so I'm personally touched by this story :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 08, 2010:

Nice dog story from you. I am glad to know that. Good hub.


Akita Hachiko A Story Of Loyalty

Hachiko A Universal Symbol Of Loyalty And Devotion

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Hachiko: A Dog's Story (my Clip)

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History and original purpose

The Akita came from an ancient line of dogs — The Japanese hunting dogs known as the Matagi.

The Matagi dog was big and brave. It was used for hunting large game such as bears, boar and deer.

Japanese history describes these ancestors as one of the oldest native dog breeds.

The modern-day breed came from the similarly named region of Japan, an area on the island of Honshu.

Various breeds may have been mixed in to create the modern breed.

Some include the English Mastiff, the Great Dane, and the Saint Bernard.

Others are the Tosa Inu and the German Shepherd.

Whatever the original mix was, this dog became a well-loved breed.

Credit for bringing the breed to the US is given to Helen Keller. She received one as a gift while visiting Japan in 1938. That was the start of the American Akita.



Akita Inu: Temperament, History & Care – Complete Guide to the Hachiko Dog Breed

Upon meeting an Akita Inu for the first time, your instincts will tell you not to mess with this majestic canine. The Akita has a striking appearance with its robust physique, firm muscles and large head. With a simple glance, you’ll notice a certain arrogance that discourages strangers from getting too friendly. However, don’t let this deter you from getting to know an Akita Inu.

By nature, an Akita is not exactly a social butterfly and requires plenty of social training to learn how to interact with strangers. In fact, this dog breed is inherently wary not just of unfamiliar humans but also of unknown animals, particularly male members. So unless the dog has been trained by its owner to socialize, you probably want to maintain a safe distance.

That being said, these dogs will showers their master with unquestioning devotion. Legend has it that once an Akita identifies its master, it will stand by its commitment through hell, high-water and whatever else. What could be a better proof of this than the legendary tale of Hachiko. The dog kept a daily vigil at the train station for nine years in the hopes that its master would eventually return. Talk about loyalty.

Of course such unwavering dedication deserves appreciation. Hachiko breathed his last in 1934, yet his saga of loyalty lives on. This dog has been honored with two globally acclaimed movies depicting his life, a bronze statue gracing the waiting spot outside the Shibuya station and the day of remembrance which is observed every year.


Hachiko: The True Story of The Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita

In 1924, Hachiko was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life Hachiko saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925 when Professor Ueno didn't return on the usual tr In 1924, Hachiko was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life Hachiko saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925 when Professor Ueno didn't return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the station where his friend was waiting.

Hachiko was given away after his master's death but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. After some time, Hachiko realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachiko waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he didn't see his friend among the commuters at the station.

Hachiko became a permanent fixture at the train station, which eventually attracted the attention of commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachiko and Professor Ueno together each day. Realizing that Hachiko waited in vigil for his dead master, their hearts were touched. They brought Hachiko treats and food to nourish him during his wait. This continued for 10 years, with Hachiko appearing only in the evening, precisely when the train was due at the station.

Hachiko: The True Story of the Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita is Hachiko's story, as well as an informative look at dog culture in Japan and the history and tradition of the Akita-ken, one of the most ancient, beloved, and faithful dog breeds ever. . more


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