“Hachiko Monogatari (monogatari = story)” is a Japanese movie based on a true story about an Akita dog named Hachikō (aka Hachi). The film was released in 1987, and it was a big hit. I remember watching it and crying as a child. The story affected me so much that I began asking my parents if we could have a dog. Since then I’ve had several wonderful dogs in my life, but I still dream of having an Akita dog like Hachi one day.
Hachi lived with his owner near Shibuya station, one of the busiest train stations in Tokyo today. At the end of each day Hachi went to the station by himself to greet his owner. But one day the owner died suddenly from stroke, never returning to the station where Hachi was waiting.
After the owner’s death Hachi continued to appear at the station preciously when the train was arriving, awaiting his owner’s return. For the next 9 years until his death Hachi waited for his owner every day at the station. The statue of Hachi was built a year before his death, and it still remains in Shibuya station today.
The story is legendary in Japan, because it shows the deep connection between dogs and humans. Even Hollywood took a note of it and made a move called “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” starring Richard Gere as the owner. The Hollywood version slightly differs from the Japanese version, but the basic storyline is the same.
Whether you’re a dog lover or not, the story will move you. And you’ll learn about Japan’s most famous and beloved dog, Chuken Hachikō (the faithful dog Hachi).
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