Hachikō was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Japan. In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo.
Every day Hachikō walked with his master from the front door to the train station. And every day Hachikō greeted him at the end of the day at that same station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered a fatal heart attack at the university that day.
Hachikō was given away after his master’s death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachikō came to understand that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return.
Hachikō became a permanent fixture at the train station and attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
The most amazing part of this story is that this continued for nine years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station. Hachikō died on March 8, 1935 on those same steps waiting for his master outside the station. Eventually, Hachiko’s legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty.
“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” ~ Psalm 100:5