On this day in 1935, the world famous dog Hachikō died. Hachikō was a dog
from Japan who became famous worldwide for his extraordinary loyalty to
his owner - Hidesaburō Ueno. Ueno was a professor at the University of
Tokyo, and each day Hachikō would greet him at Shibuya Station when he
returned from work. One day in May 1925, Ueno did not return. He had
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died and so never met Hachikō at the
station that day. However every day for the next nine years, Hachikō
waited at the station, appearing precisely when the train was due.
Hachikō attracted the attention of many people, including one of Ueno’s
former students who published articles about the dog. The Japanese
considered his loyalty and faithfulness to his master an example of
family loyalty for all to follow. On this day in 1935, Hachikō was found
dead on a street in Shibuya; he had died from terminal cancer and
worms. His legacy lives on, with a bronze statue of him erected at
Shibuya Station, and many films made about his life.
There is no way to ask you to forgive me for the misery and pain which I have caused you. I can only ask you to believe that I have done the best I could and that since we first met I have loved you with whatever I had to love you with. You are my dream, the only pleasant thing in my life.