Friday night after the dramatic ending of “Magkaribal”, decided to watch the much talked about dog’s movie –Hachiko.
Hachiko is a dog’s tale, which I am very fascinated even the first time I read it. Being a dog owner, I had been so passionate to stories that involve canines. And even if the stories are all-heartrending and would left me teary afterwards, I couldn’t help but felt taken with that human-canine love. I cried hard when Hachiko’s master didn’t return. It is like, I felt Hachiko’s pain. Call me OA but I was so emotional even after watching the film. And I can’t promise not to be one every time the story strikes me, that’s how vulnerable I can be.
Hachiko, a dog’s story (the movie)
A true story of faith, devotion and undying love
Hachi and Parker
This heartwarming true story is an American adaptation of a Japanese tale about a loyal dog-named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station everyday and return each afternoon to greet him after work. Sadly, his master departs one day, passes away and never returns to the station. Hachiko faithfully returns to the same spot at the station the very next day, and every day for the next nine years to wait for his beloved master.
Hachiko’s Life and Death (source Wikipedia)
image of the real Hachiko
In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo took in Hachikō as a pet. During his owner’s life Hachikō greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where his friend was waiting. Every day for the next nine years Hachikō waited at Shibuya station.
Hachikō was given away after his master’s death, but he routinely escaped, returning again and again to his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno 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, Hachikō waited for the return of his owner.
The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
This continued for nine years with Hachikō appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.
Hachikō died on March 8, 1935 and was found on a street in Shibuya. His heart was infected with filarial worms and 3-4 yakitori sticks were found in his stomach.
His stuffed and mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.