Hachiko, born on November 10th, 1923, was an Akita dog from Japan who is famously known for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, which continued on for many years after his owner's death.
Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor, took Hachiko as a pet in 1924. Soon after, Hachiko made a habit of greeting him at the end of each workday at Shibuya Station in Tokyo. They continued this daily routine until May of 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return due to his untimely passing. Although the professor never returned to the train station, Hachiko stayed faithfully waiting each day for the next nine years for his owner to return.
Hachiko became a national sensation for this devotion, and today, Hachiko's legendary faithfulness is a symbol of loyalty in Japan that people strive to replicate. He is internationally known and has been the subject of many articles, and also a full-length major motion picture.
Hachiko died on March 8th, 1935, near Shibuya Station. A bronze statue in his likeness is permanently in place there, and is a popular meeting spot. Each year on the anniversary of his death, Hachiko's loyalty is honored with a ceremony, where hundreds of dog lovers come to pay tribute and celebrate his life.