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  • Today we'll talk about man's best  friend, tiktakers! Not for nothing  

  • dogs hold such a special distinction, and  one of the best examples of this is Hachiko.  

  • His story will certainly make you tear up!

  • As many of you may know, Hachiko is one of  the most famous dogs in history. It was an  

  • Akita dog born in 1923 in a farm near Odate, in  northern Japan. There he was adopted by professor  

  • Hidesaburo Ueno, convinced by his daughter. He  gave classes at the agriculture department of  

  • Tokyo University, so Hachiko's new home would be  in the city. To get there, Hachiko had to travel  

  • for two entire days inside a small box, so when  he was let out, he was in terrible conditions.

  • The professor took care of him, and  Hachiko had an excellent recovery.  

  • The professor named the dog Hachiko because  he saw his front legs were a bit shunted,  

  • and they reminded him of the  kanji for "hachi", which means  

  • "eight" in Japanese. Moreover, some say that  Hachiko was the eighth pup of his litter.

  • Little by little they got used to each  other, and eventually became inseparable.  

  • Every day Hachiko would join Hidesaburo at  the station where he took the train to get  

  • to work. When the professor's shift  ended, and he got out of the train,  

  • Hachiko was there waiting for him  so they could go back home together.

  • Hachiko never missed a day of meeting Hidesaburoso other passengers, and even employees of the  

  • station, became very fond of the dog. Howeverapproximately one year later, in May 1925,  

  • professor Hidesaburo suffered a cerebral  (seríbrol) infarction, and died. And just  

  • like always, Hachiko waited for him at the  train stationbut his friend never arrived.

  • Instead of losing hope, Hachiko spent the entire  night at the stationand he kept waiting in  

  • the station for the next 10 years. The station  became his home, while he waited for his owner  

  • to come off one of the trains. The people who had  seen Hachiko join the professor and welcome him  

  • every day decided to take care of himand feed him during all those years.

  • Japanese newspapers spread the news, and people  ended up naming him Chūken Hachiko, which means  

  • "the loyal dog Hachiko". But the homages didn't  end there: In April 1934, a bronze statue in his  

  • honor was erected near the station, and Hachiko  himself was able to attend its inauguration.

  • A year later Hachiko was found dead,  

  • and to symbolize that he and his owner would  finally rest together for all eternity,  

  • a nameplate in his honor was placed next to  the professor's grave at the Aoyama cemetery.

  • Later on, the Japanese government took  Hachiko's statue and melted it to help  

  • build weapons for World War II. Fortunatelyin 1947, a new Hachiko statue was erected,  

  • which still exists today. To this day, it isvery frequented spot both by locals and tourists.  

  • Hachiko became a symbol in all of Japanand he is commemorated every 8th of March .

  • This endearing story also attracted the attention  of the movie industry. In 1987 the Japanese movie  

  • "Hachiko Monogatari" premiered, directed by  Seijirô Kôyama, and in 2009 the American remake  

  • premiered, "Hachi: A Dog's Tale", directed by  Lasse Hallström, and starring Richard Gere.  

  • Moreover, Hachiko is also remembered in  different TV shows, video games, and books.

  • As you can see, this is a sad  but also a very lovely story,  

  • and it's just one example of how much animals  can do for us. Do you have pets, tiktakers?  

  • If so, why don't you pay homage (omásh) to them  here in the comments? Come on, don't be shy!

Today we'll talk about man's best  friend, tiktakers! Not for nothing  

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HACHIKO, THE FAITHFUL DOG | Draw My Life

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    Miho Ishii posted on 2020/12/29
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