LOOK: Loyal Hachiko dog turns 100

The Akita dog who waited 10 years for his owner at Shibuya station

The story of "Hachiko" has deeply touched our hearts, showcasing a dog's loyalty to its owner by waiting at the railway station for 10 years. This month, Hachiko, the world's most loyal dog turns 100.

Hachiko, the beloved Akita dog, was born in November 1923 in Odate, Akita prefecture. As a puppy, he was gifted to Dr. Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Agriculture. Dr. Ueno, a devoted dog lover, took great care of Hachi and often traveled with him to work, along with their other canine companions.

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Photo from Keindel Maha Vizcarra

Tragically, Dr. Ueno unexpectedly passed away on campus due to a cerebral hemorrhage on May 21, 1925. Unaware of his owner's demise, Hachiko continued his daily routine of faithfully waiting for Dr. Ueno's return at Shibuya station's ticket gate. For an incredible span of 10 years, Hachiko never gave up hope, patiently waiting until his last breath, longing to see his beloved owner once again.

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Photo from Keindel Maha Vizcarra 

In the article of The Asahi Shimbun, a special train was introduced on Sept. 20, 2023, on the JR Yamanote Line. This train was specially designed to honor Hachiko and featured headboards displaying his name.