Hachikō (ハチ公, Hachikō? November 10, 1923–March 8, 1935), known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公, chūken Hachikō? "faithful dog Hachikō"), was an Akita dog born in the city of Odate, Akita Prefecture remembered for his loyalty to his master.
In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesamurō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life, Hachikō 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 Uyeno 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 train 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 time, Hachi apparently realized that Professor Uyeno 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 Uyeno to return. And each day he didn't see his friend among the commuters at the station.
The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachiko attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachi and Professor Uyeno 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 Hachikō appearing only in the
evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.
Hachikō (en japonais ハチ公 ; 10 novembre ou 12 décembre 1923 - 8 mars
1935), est un chien akita, célèbre au Japon pour avoir continué tous
les jours à attendre son maître à la gare de Shibuya près de dix ans
après la mort de ce dernier. Surnommé Chūken (忠犬, « chien fidèle »),
une statue, aujourd'hui lieu très connu de rendez-vous à Tōkyō, fut
érigée à la gare de Shibuya en son honneur. L'histoire de Hachikō est
également à l'origine du regain d'intérêt pour la race de chiens
akita-ken, alors presque éteinte.