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The Amazing And True Story Of Hachiko The Dog

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The poster for the Hollywood movie about Hachiko

Have you ever heard of Hachiko the dog? No? Neither had I until we visited Tokyo. If you ever go to Japan then odds are you will hear about him.

Hachiko is a national hero to the Japanese! A dog so famous there have been several movies made about him.

He has his own bronze statue next to Shibuya Train Station in Tokyo, where every day hundreds of people have their photograph taken with him. 
Even Hollywood has made a movie about Hachiko! There is a statue of him at Rhode Island in the USA where the American version of the film was made.

So why is the Hachiko story so famous you may wonder? Well, I am happy you asked because here I will give you the amazing, real and very sad story about Hachiko the dog. ♥

Once Upon A Time, There Was A Dog Named Hachiko

Eizaburo Ueno, a professor in agriculture science at Tokyo University in Japan, had long wanted a purebred Japanese Akita dog. He had looked for the perfect Akita puppy for a long time, until one of his students encouraged him to adopt Hachiko, from the Odate city in the Akita prefecture of Japan.

Hachiko, or Hachi which became his nickname, and his new owner soon became best friends. Eizaburo loved his dear dog above all and treated him as his son. The two of them were inseparable.

As Hachiko grew older, he started to see his owner off to work in the morning at the Shibuya Train Station, in central Tokyo and went to pick him up at the station in the afternoon when he returned from work.

On May 21, 1925, only two years after Hachiko was born, Hachiko was as usually sitting by the exit at Shibuya train station waiting for his dear Eizaburo. But his owner never showed up…..

It turned out that Eizaburo had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died suddenly and unexpectedly while at work.

Hachiko moved in with a former gardener of the Ueno family. But throughout the rest of his ten-year-long life, he kept going to the Shibuya Train Station every morning and afternoon precisely when the train was due to enter the station. He sat there for hours, patiently waiting in vain for the return of his beloved owner which sadly never came back.

A major Japanese newspaper reporter picked up the story of Hachiko in 1932 and published it, which led to Hachiko becoming a celebrity all over Japan.

People started calling him “Chuken-Hachiko“, which means “Hachiko – the faithful dog“.

The story of the dog that never gave up gained a lot of attention also in national media, inspiring many people from all over the world to visit Hachiko at Shibuya Train Station to offer him treats. He touched the hearts of the Japanese people and soon became their hero.

Hachiko Dog Statue In Tokyo

In 1934 a statue of Hachiko was unveiled at a grand ceremony in front of Shibuya train station with Hachiko himself present as the main guest.

Hachiko passed away peacefully and alone on the street near Shibuya train station on March 8, 1935.

Hachiko is now on display at the National Science Museum in Ueno, Tokyo.

There is also a monument of Hachiko next to his owner`s tomb in Aoyama cemetery in Tokyo.

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The monument of Hachiko next to his owner`s tomb

Today the Hachiko bronze statue is a popular attraction outside of Shibuya train station, especially among young Japanese.

There has actually been made two Hachiko bronze statues in Tokyo. The first one was removed during World War II and melted as a source of metal.

Also on the wall of the Shibuya Station, there is a huge beautiful mosaic artwork of Hachiko:

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Beautiful mosaic artwork of Hachiko at Shibuya Train Station, Tokyo
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Up close you see that the mosaic looks like Hachiko

Akita Hachiko Dog Museum

There is even an Akita Dog Museum In Japan, which honors the most famous Akita dog in the world – Hachiko. It is located in Odate city, in the Akita prefecture of Japan. The museum is a must-visit for animal lovers! ??

Here you can learn everything about the Akita dog and Hachiko in particular, and on weekdays you even get to meet and play with two cute Akita dogs inside the museum. So much fun!

The museum is open every day from mid-April to mid-November, between 09:00 (9 am) and 16:00 (4 pm).

If you love Akita dogs, and Hachiko in particular, you should visit this museum. Buy your e-tickets here and get a discount.

The Japanese Love Dogs

The Japanese love dogs! ♥ All over Japan we met a lot of cute and beloved dogs, here are a few that we met:

We even met a Siberian Husky in Tokyo, which melted my heart and made me really miss my own sweetie “Varga”. She sadly passed away just after I wrote this article, 16 years old.

As a dog lover, the story of Hachiko really moved me. It is good to see that even today Hachiko’s statue remains a symbol of this dog’s extreme loyalty and a reminder of the lengths one can go to stay devoted to a friend.

Dogs really are man´s best friend! Don`t you agree? ♥

Hachi The Movie

In 1987 it was made a movie in Japan about Hachiko, called “Hachiko Monogatari”. You can watch the trailer for the original Japanese movie here:

In 2009 Hollywood made an American version of this movie, called “Hachiko – A Dog`s Tale“. If you have not seen the movie “Hachi – A Dog’s Tale”, you should definitely check it out, it’s great. Be prepared to cry a lot, I warn you. 🙂 The movie was filmed in Rhode Island in the USA, and there is a statue of Hatchi in front of the train station in Rhode Island to honor him.

You can buy both the movies here (click on the pictures below):

     

You can watch the trailer for the American movie “Hachi: A Dog`s Tale” here:

Books About Hachiko

There are several great books written about Hachiko and his amazing story and life. I especially like the first of these books called “Hachiko” which include nice drawings and illustrations (press each picture below and you will be redirected to Amazon):

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Awww, and I L-O-V-E these Hachiko Akita teddies (click on the pictures below to see more details):

Visit Tokyo And See Hachiko

Tokyo is a great city to visit, especially if you are a Hachiko fan. Make sure to visit the Hachiko Statue at Shibuya Train Station, the monument of Hachiko next to his owner`s tomb in Aoyama cemetery, and last but not least visit Hachiko himself which is on display at the National Science Museum in Ueno.

If you are thinking about going to Tokyo, check out our recommended Tokyo Itinerary with all the best things to do in Tokyo.

Where To Stay In Tokyo

Tokyo has an incredible variety of accommodation available. Here you find some of the world’s most luxurious hotels as well as traditional Japanese Inns where you sleep on a futon mat. Famous tiny pod hotels, love hotels for couples, business hotels for the businessmen that stayed out drinking too late to go home, and everything in between.

Top Range

The Park Hyatt
Made famous by the movie ‘Lost in Translation’, The Park Hyatt is absolutely one of Tokyo’s most luxurious hotels. The hotels 178 rooms are among Tokyo’s most spacious and elegant and provides all modern comforts. The hotel’s friendly and professional service is legendary, and the hotel’s restaurants world-class. Located on the top floor with stunning views over Tokyo is the world famous New York Bar Grill, where Bill Murray’s character enjoyed his many whiskeys.
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Top Range alternatives: Palace Hotel TokyoThe Tokyo Station Hotel

Mid-Range

Tokyu Stay Shinjuku
This hotel has a great location within just a few minutes walk from Shinjuku-sanchome station in Tokyo’s shopping and entertainment center. The hotel is bright and modern, with small but comfortable rooms that include a tv, refrigerator, microwave, safe and a washing machine(!). Wifi is free and fast. They serve a tasty breakfast in the bar next door. In an otherwise very expensive area of the city, this hotel offers great value for money.
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Hotel MyStays Asakusabashi
We stayed at Hotel MyStays in Asakusabashi and really liked this hotel! It is brand new, and the rooms are actually decent sized compared to the average hotel in Japan (choose a twin room if you need the biggest room). The neighborhood is great, with lots of restaurants and cafes, and a short walk to the underground station Asakusabashi. It was the cheapest and best hotel we could find in Tokyo.
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Budget

MyCube by MyStays
If you’re traveling solo on a budget or would simply like to try one of the famous and unique cube/pod hotels of Tokyo then this is a great choice. It is a brand new hotel and quite spacious for a pod hotel. Every pod has lockable baggage storage and free Wi-Fi. The underground station is located right next door and there are plenty of places to eat in the neighborhood.
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Budget Alternatives: Khaosan Asakusa Hostel

Tokyo has a lot of accommodation options to choose from in different areas of the city. Click here to read our complete guide to our favorite areas and hotels in Tokyo.

Travel Guides

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Written by Maria Wulff Hauglann

Maria is a Norwegian travel nerd who has explored more than thirty countries on four continents. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA. In 2014 while on a year-long trip across South East- Asia, Maria co-founded the travel blog Nerd Nomads to help others get out and explore the world. In 2018 she left her day job permanently for a life of full-time travel. See our about page for more about Maria.

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      • I doubt that one can find such loyalty in human being
        I always loved dog. No doubt that they are man’s best buddy

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        • Missouri has two dogs that are most famous. The first dog is Jim the Wonder dog, and the second is about a trial in the 19the century. That trial is called The Old Drum Trial. Read the summation the lawyer gave to the dog. Jim the Wonder Dog is the most amazing story you quite likely will ever read. The dog was truly uncanny.

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        • Absolutely ! They are indeed the most loyal friend you could ever have! Cried a lot watching this very sad yet inspiring movie ! Really recommend it

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      • I also cried like a big baby. What I keep asking myself though is why the wife did not keep the dog. She just left him on the street to die alone and let other people take care of this amazing dog. I did not like that part of this sad story. I think the family could have done more for this beautiful faithful dog. But I understand we live in different cultures. I also saw that the dog did not want to stay with the daughter but I still think the family did not try hard enough, they gave up too easy. If this had happened in this country (America) that dog would have been adopted and nursed back to health in a heartbeat. You can win a dog’s heart if you really try. Thank you for the great article.

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        • Hi Teri,

          Thank you for commenting! It is a really sad story and a heartbreaking movie. I cried a lot too. Hachiko seemed like a really nice and cute dog.

          -Maria-

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          • Very nice article and photos. I have this movie in my DVR and cry every time I see it. I even cried when I read the article to my husband! (My glasses are tear stained just from watching the clip from the movie!) I found it difficult to understand the wife’s reaction to and treatment of Hachi. She wasn’t portrayed as a very dog friendly person. A dog’s love and loyalty are truly unconditional and Hachi’s story is perhaps the perfect example of that.

          • Hi Marian,

            The movie is great and so emotional! I still cry every time I see it. 🙂 The movie is, however, not a documentary so Hollywood have probably made some small changes to the story and not pictured the persons exactly right. I agree, Hachi is the perfect example of the pure heart and love that dogs have towards humans and their owners.

            Thanks for commenting!

            -Maria-

        • I know what you mean, and I thought so too. But then it occurred to me that Hatchi was so inconsolable that no other human, no matter how kind or loving, would penetrate the grieving he was going through. He didn’t want to be in another home. He likely simply tolerated the attention he received. He lived only to see his master once again…like both movies depicted so agonizingly—and beautifully— well in their last scenes. No story in recent years has affected me like Hachiko’s. I can’t stop thinking about it. I play the Gere film’s sound track and cuddle a pet hamster I’ve named Hatchi in his honor! (not quite an Akita I know, but the hamster does follow my hand to climb into it and curl up to sleep.

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          • What a powerful movie. I was once told that humans take a long, long time to learn how to love. But dogs are born that way and thus do not have the need to live as long as man

        • Hi Teri,
          I agree with you about the neglect of Hachiko after the passing of his beloved master. I feel that Hachiko never bonded with his master’s wife nor his daughter. The wife, in particular, apparently did not allow Hachiko to live in their home on several occasions and insisted that Hachiko live in their garden shed despite the cold and darkness even as a young pup. The family definitely did not try very hard to comfort and care for Hachiko after his master’s death. The Hollywood movie in 2009 really upset me since I was not aware that Mr. Ueno’s gardener gave shelter to Hachiko. Upon reading Maria’s article, I feel somewhat better that Hachiko did have someone to care for him for the rest of his days.
          Such a sad and tragic ending for Hachiko. I wish his life had a happier ending.
          So glad to have read Maria’s article. Thank you, Maria

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        • I watch the movie and it was great I don’t know how I missed it washed it 2018 sitting on my bed and I did cry, I turning 70 in April 2018

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          • Wow, I also have a birthday this month and will be 64. I never knew about this movie or the story. I got up early this morning about 5am, and only caught the last half hour after the master had already died, and was intrequed and saddened by it. I want to see it from the beginning so I check our TV listing and see that it will be showing again on next Sunday evening the 4/15. Lord willing I will be watching it. We lost our dog Rambo a couple of years ago, he died 10 years to the day he was born in. I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs.

        • The reason was because since her husband had passed away Hachi reminded her so much of her husband and did not want to keep the dog because it would constantly make her think of him

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          • That’s not true because she clearly didn’t like the dog while the husband was alive. She only got to a point where she “tolerated” Hachi because her husband loved him so much. And it was clearly her that made Hachi sleep outside even during the winters.

    • I watched the film today and cried it was truely amazing how devoted he was to his owner. I wanted to know more thank you for this insight into the true story.

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      • A beautifully directed film about true love and devotion, I sobbed so much and found I could not retell the tale to others without crying every time. Dont miss this wonderful film.

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    • I saw this about 3am this morning and it is 9:41 am and I am still choking up crying! I never cried so hard or felt so sad. Wonderful dog!!!!

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      • This movie was so sweet and so sad.I got so choked up and cry baby that I actually had to take a XANAX to calm down and I am still teared up.
        UNIVERSALLY we should all have this kind of love for each other.

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    • Great movie, and heart warming. I wonder how long it took Richard Gere and the Akita to bond enough to make that movie? The dog was obviously devoted to him. And if I were him I would’ve requested to keep the dog. What do you think?

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      • I fell in love with Hachi-ko- However, I discovered though research there are six volumes about his life written by a railroad worker who was assigned to take care of him daily, they are in the railroad station masters office and no one is allowed to see them and they have not beer translated. Specifically they are kept by the Society for the preservation of the for the maintenance of the hachi-ko bronze statute in the east shibuya statin master’ s office -why are they being kept secret ? why is the Japanese govt not allowing them to be translated-what happen to Hachi during his last days? If anyone goes to Tokyo try to find out.

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    • Wow that dog (Hachiko) was the mostly sweetest dog I ever saw. He was
      the best friend to the owner. He was so beautiful dog and very spirit , he made my life so inspiring. He was very very smart pet, so faithfully dog.
      I cried when it happened about him waiting for his owner for almost 10
      years. He now is in rainbow bridge now with God. amen. One day we all
      will meet him up there in heaven with my sweet wolfina (husky/golden retriever), she was so beautiful pet, we were so happy have her in our lives. I miss my wolfina so much she was15 years old now in rainbow bridge with all the animals with God. I love all the animals that God created.

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      • I’ve seen the movie twice, I too, love all animals especially dogs. The movie and the history of a dog’s tale is so powerful and inspiring about love and loyalty. Can’t stop crying and love my dog even more! The world today needs more love on all levels.

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    • I’m still crying. I wonder if Hichiko was taken to see his deceased owner it might have helped him to understand he was gone. He so loved him. I will hold my Daisy nearer to my Heart because of Hachiko.

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    • As a dog lover myself, this movie is the best I’ve ever seen to describe the loyalty animals have for their owners. No movie has ever moved me like this one. Can’t watch it without shedding many tears. To imagine a dog waiting 10 years for its owner is just heartwrenching. I simply can’t imagine!

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    • I saw this movie along time ago I had two dalmatians that were like Hachi it breaks my heart just to even talk about it brings tears to my eyes this was a wonderful dog I feel the family could’ve done more to care for that poor dog I’m sure and it’s last days and probably died of a broken heart waiting for His master of the one that he love so much and his master loved him, I really can’t say much more because I’m tearing up

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  1. It’s a very heart warming story. I’ve seen the movie that was inspired by it and I have to say that as a dog lover, I cried… please don’t lough at me.

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  2. I think I learned about this in school! It’s a nice story, but it makes me feel sad for the dog. 🙁

    Also, I like how the Richard Gere version of the movie apparently just made everyone American. I mean, American remakes usually do that, but it seems a bit more ridiculous when you’re talking about something that actually happened!

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    • Yep, Hollywood do that a lot, “copy” foreign movies and make their own very American version. In this case it feels a bit strange, I agree, when it is in fact a true story that happened in Japan. But I guess they had to do it to get Americans to see it. 🙂

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      • I saw the The American version today I turned 65 today I do not think I have cried this much in along time my dogs are my best friends unconditional love

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        • I watched the movie with Richard Gere. I sobbed. I wanted to hug the dog. I definitely hugged my dog who waits at the front door whenever my husband goes anywhere. He knows the sound of his truck.

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        • I just saw the movie with Richard Gere.the US version of Hatchi and I am 61. I cried so much at the end of the movie. I wondered who took care of him and where he was buried. Does anyone know. I have 2 dogs and love them to death and spoil them rotten.

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          • He was stuffed (taxidermy) and placed in a museum in Japan. You can read about him and see pictures online.

  3. I’ve heard of this story before. It warms my hearts and breaks my heart at the same time. I truly think this is one of the best stories about a man and his dog.

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  4. Great movie, Richard Gere and a dog, how could it now be? Great article too, thank you so much for sharing for those who didn’t know the story.

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    • It is such an amazing and sweet story, but also very sad. As a big dog lover I must admit I also cried when I read about Hachiko.

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  5. Yeah I cried so much watching both the Japanese and the American film. Every year on April 8 there is a memorial ceremony for Hachiko in Shibuya, by the statue. I have been there twice and its a beautiful ceremony with lots of flowers and speeches. This year 2015 its going to be the 80th annual ceremony. Its 80 years ago since Hachiko died. Beautiful story of an amazing dog.

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    • Wow, I did not know about the annual memorial ceremony by the Hachiko statue. Sounds like a really nice ceremony! Would love to be there on the 80th annual ceremony. Love the story about Hachiko.

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      • I feel that the Japanese did not treat Hachiko well, for it would not have died out on the street. I watched the movie with Gere and loved it, cried and was angry at the family for not taking care of Hachi. Then I researched and found out it was a Japanese. The gardner gave him shelter but after only two year Hachi would’ve learn to love another family. The people at the station were not nice till Hachiko made headlines. For all the fame they were getting from Hachi, they could have taken good care of him. I have gotten puppies and 2year old dogs and all of them wait for me at the front door to jump on me. Dogs feel real love as well reciprocate their unconditional love. I find it hypocritical for the Japanese since their good treatment of Hachico started in 1932, 7 years after the professesor died. I cried so much for Hachiko, he needed to go to the burial and say goodbye. Also take him to visit UENO gravesite

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    • For me it is among the most engaging, emotionally moving stories ever told. Words are inadequate to describe how much this wonderful dog’s love and devotion to his master has impacted me.

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  6. It is a wonderful experience to be at the ceremony. I´m going to attend this years ceremony. There are a white cherry tree just next to the statue and it will hopefully be in full bloom that day.

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    • The ceremony sounds great Helena, especially with the white cherry tree in bloom. Wish I could be there too.

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  7. I have created a Facebook page for the Hachi Trail, which is a drive-it-yourself tour through the movie locations for “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” (2009) in Woonsocket, RI, USA.

    Next month, we i.e. a group of dog families are meeting at Woonsocket to go on a tour of the Hachi Trail.

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  8. I’ve just watched the movie Hachiko: A true dog story! Was moved and that is where I started to do all these researches in the internet and found this website! Anyway, it was great to see how people in Japan loves dog and above all, this undying love is what we all need!

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    • Thanks for commenting Russell! The Japanese truly love dogs and animals, which is fantastic to see. I loved this movie too, and that it is based on a true story makes it extra special.

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  9. Its really true be prepared to cry alot when u have decided to watch this beautiful movie… Made on man’s best friend… Thank you for sharing your experience…

    After watching movie it made me research more on hachi and found ur website… Will come back yo read the story again….

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    • I cried a lot while watching this film too Umesh. 🙂 Being a dog owner myself, I could totally relate to the story. Thanks for commenting!

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  10. I am 7 years old and saw the movie and I cried a lot! I wanted to learn more about hachi so read this. Thanks

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    • Hi Henry!

      Thanks for commenting! I love the Hachiko movie, and I cry a lot too every time I watch it. Hachiko is such a sweet and beautiful dog.

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  11. Hello I love your stuff and how much you feel about the story. It is one of the best if not the best describing the story of Hichiko. Our Wiki has a photo and nothing else except links so if you don’t mind me suggesting it why don’t you write and submit his story? By our Wiki I mean the UK one. Anyhow this site is really good and your stuff is well written and interesting. Well done honey. I mean it keep up the great work. My site is very out of date and I’m doing a new one just having a bit of trouble over the design at the moment. I have just finished my first book called a Tale of One City and I was offered a couple of publishers contracts appallingly bad one wanting money well 4 wanting money and one offering me a tiny percentage. I’m writing my first blog too, even though I’ve just turned half a century Right Maria you jolly well keep up the GREAT WORK!!

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    • Hi Suzy,

      Thanks a million for your great comment! It made my day! 🙂

      Great to hear that you are about to launch your new website, exciting! Good luck with your design issues, I`m sure you will work it out.

      Wow, congrats on finishing your first book! That is awesome! I am planning to write a book too. It seems like a lot of work though so have to find some time to fully focus on it. It is so cool that you have started blogging! Everyone can blog, no matter what age. Good luck with all your projects!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  12. Although it seemed that Hachiko waited in vain for his owner, it was explained to me that this was not the case. The dog knew that his owner had passed and going to the train station was the closest thing he could do to be close to his owner and to remember his owner.

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    • Hi Lucy!

      It`s a bit difficult to know what Hachiko or any dog is thinking, but yes it might be that he went to the train station to remember his beloved owner. We used to have two Siberian Husky dogs, called Varga and Tiksi. When the old one Tiksi died, Varga kept looking for her best friend for a long time. I felt so sorry for her.

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    • This is comforting to know that Hachiko was made aware of his owner’s passing. I wonder why the family did not lead the dog to the cemetery where his owner was buried. But then again, it may be Japanese’s custom not allowing such visit, I suppose.

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  13. an message to all the human being by a dog that if you love someone or fall in love someone be faithfull be loyal till your last breath…
    love u puttu….

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  14. It was only a short video of the real owner’s story but it touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes.
    I’d love to see the movie , be it in Japanese or English – there is no language barrier when it comes to dog stories. Loyalty and committed love are qualities only a dog can show what it really means.

    I have three dogs now who are my life. My mother was a dog lover and she and my father had dogs, strays and good breeds, from the first year of their marriage. She was a chronic asthmatic and contrary to what most people believe was a great comfort to her in her difficult moments. My father would be outstation on work quite often, but our dogs kept her company and sat at her feet – some even died of old age at her feet. Their love for dogs has passed on to their children – today I have three of my own, and so also do my brothers and sisters.

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    • Hi Shirley,

      Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your story! Your mother seems like a wonderful person! Dogs really are man`s best friend. Give your three dogs a big hug from me. 🙂

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  15. I love this story about hachiko ….when I reading and watching the move I really cried I think this is the greatest dog story I ever heard …….I love it

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  16. Maria and others,

    Here is some information for those who want to do a tour of the Hachi movie locations
    in Woonsocket, RI, USA.

    Here’s a more detailed explanation:

    A: Hachiko statue – Depot Square.
    This is the location of “Bedridge Train Station” where Hachi is shown waiting for Parker

    B: Train tracks – Railroad Street.
    This rail line is known as the Slatersville Secondary.
    On right: Train track that Hachi runs on after runnning away from Andy’s house
    On left : Where Parker and Hachi walk together, and at the end of the movie, Ron and his puppy walk together

    C: Stationary train cars (under which Hachi sleeps) – Railroad Street.
    The stationary train cars were on the siding that curves to the left. Note the “DOM POLSKI” building in the
    distance. It is seen in the movie when Hachi first arrives at this location

    D: Andy and Michael’s home, and road where Hachi runs away – corner of Oakley and Glen Road
    Hachi stays in Andy’s house (opposite) for a short while and then runs away on Glen Road towards Spring St.

    E: Railway Bridge under which Hachi walks – corner of Blackstone and Arnold Street
    Hachi rests under this bridge, walks up to the fork in the tracks and takes the line that goes straight.
    This is part of the Slatersville Secondary line. The line ends a few hundred feet behind you

    F: Street where Hachi is shown walking – Arnold Street
    When Hachi is on his own, he is shown walking here on his way to the butcher shop

    G: Milton and Myra’s butcher shop – Arnold Street
    Seen multiple times in the movie

    H: Downtown (where Parker walks taking puppy home; also where 10+ year old Hachi is first seen) – Main Street
    Corner of Main and Arnold : Seen multiple times in the movie
    In front of New York Lunch: Where the old Hachi is shown walking slowly

    I: Back to Hachiko statue – One Depot Square

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    • Thank you so much Sira for this detailed free do-it-yourself walking tour! Will definitely check it out if we go to Woonsocket. Love walking tours like this that are movie inspired!

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  17. Hi Maria, like everyone else LOVED this movie. But I love dogs. It is so true that the more you spend time with you dog the closer you bond. I was surprised to know that Harchi’s owner only had 2 years with him. That was sad in itself, but knowing what Harchi was in his loyalty bringing him up from a pup would have been the best 2 years of the owners life. Seeing the nature of Harchi and his devotion it’s no wonder the outpouring of sadness is felt. I personally hope some day to visit Japan and visit this site where Harchi waited. Keep up your great work … Cheers and Thanks.

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    • Hi Garry,

      I was surprised too that Hachiko only had two years with his owner, and that he waited at the train station in Tokyo for his owner to return for eight years! But I read somewhere that one year for us humans is like seven years for a dog, so then he got around fourteen years with his owner. I have had fifteen years with my dog from she was 5 weeks old and up until now being 15, and even that feels like too little! 🙂 Hope she will be around for a few more years, she is still of very good health hiking with me in the mountains almost every day.

      You should definitely visit Japan, it is a great country with fascinating culture!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  18. I loved Hachiko very much, it is such a heart warming story. I cried so much at the end, not just because Hachi died, it’s his cuteness and loyalty… And also because my dog… His name is Kaiser and he is a cross bred American- Japanese Akita. Coincidence I think not, but my dog displays the royalty that Hachi displays as he waits at the door for my brother to come home at exactly 10:00 pm.

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    • Hi Htgsenpai,

      Kaiser sounds like such a sweet and loving dog! I can totally get that you cried a lot in the end of the movie, I did too. The bond between humans and dogs are special – dog really is man`s best friend.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  19. I find it upsetting that the Chinese know this story too… Yet kill 15,000 dogs in a week of massacre every year… I’m 11 years old and i couldn’t handle the end of the film like any others, but the dog meat festival makes me want to go to china armed with crowbars and kill who ever harmed a dog in their life ;-;

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  20. seeing the film broke my heart. I have had dogs all of my life and know how very loyal and loving they are Hachiko will always be in my heart.

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  21. Nearly 5 to 6 times i have watched this movie and i cannot control my tears whenever i watch. great movie.. i love Hachi a lot such a great dog.

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    • Wow, 5 to 6 times, that`s even more than me. I have seen it twice, and I cried even more the second time. Yep, Hachi knows how to melt a heart.

      Thanks for commenting Ajeesh!

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  22. I really love the movie. I didn’t cry but I felt like it because if I cried I would feel embarrassed. I love your website. It is very awesome!!!!

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    • Hi Savannah,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that you like our website.

      Unlike you I could not hold back my tears when watching Hachi the movie, I cried buckets. 🙂 It is such a touching movie and amazing true story.

      Thanks for commenting Savannah!

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  23. I also watched Richard’s movie “Hachiko” cried a lot. That time I have my companion (Tibetan Mastiff – Rambo).
    Really heart melting story of a loyal and love. Thanks for such a beautiful article too.
    Suggest you all to also see “Marley and Me and “The Old Yeler”. Although they are fiction but a good movie for Dog Lovers.

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    • Hi Gagan,

      Thank you so much for tips about other good dog movies! Will definitely check them out as I love movies about dogs.

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  24. I had watched it. Although its been a while since I watched, the film is still fresh in my mind… I remember how much tears I shed… not to mention puffy eyes and nose. I don’t own any dog but I can strongly felt Hachi’s love towards his master. Even a dog can show such incredible act…. How about us? We are all blind by money and fame, we often forgot the most simple yet important values in life which we cannot value with money. Love, friendship, loyalty and faithfulness. May Hachiko’s story keeps inspire people around the world. May Hachiko forever take good rebirths without any sufferings. May the story of Hachiko always remind us to show humanity to all living creature.

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    • Hi Taylor Anne,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I totally agree – us humans can learn a lot from dogs. Dogs truly show their gratitude and love without any boundaries.

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  25. Just watched the film and I have never sobbed so much! Dogs are so amazing, a gift from God, it’s our job to care for them as they give so much without question. We have had several dogs, our last, Molly, looked after me like a nurse, I had a stroke and she knew when I needed a loving lick. When she died, it was so hard, they give total loyalty whatever mood you’re in. Thankyou for your site, it was so nice to know the true story of Hachi.

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    • Hi Martin,

      Awww, Molly sounds like the perfect dog! So sad to hear that she has passed away, and that you had a stroke. Hope you are better!

      It always fascinates me how dogs can detect what mood we are in. They must have a sixth sense or something.

      Thanks for commenting, Martin!

      Best regards,
      Maria

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  26. Just seen the movie on the TV, now i’m not a dog person but i cried so much when i watched it. Seeing that loyalty makes me want a Akita. I hope if i do get one its as loyal as hachiko <3

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  27. I watched this film for the first time yesterday on TV. I had no idea it was a true story until the end, and I then looked at all the information about Hachi this unbelievably faithful dog.
    Couldn’t hold back the tears as hard as I tried, such a moving story, and one I will never forget.
    I am not sure I can watch again yet as I was in bits, having had many dogs over the years, and a dog’s unconditional love is shown once again in this film.

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  28. I loved the film yes it did make me cry a lot!! what a loyal and loving dog Hachi was – this film inspired me to get an American Akita and i’m so glad I watched the film!! such loyal and loving dogs!!

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  29. OMG!! I just finished watching this movie for the first time and it was absolutely WONDERFUL!!! I cried a number of times!! It’s impossible not to cry!! If humans felt and shared love this deeply, what a wonderful world this would be. This movie is great!! Do yourself a favor and WATCH THIS MOVIE!! ~ Kathy

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    • Like most of the other commentators, I cried during the Richard Gere movie which I saw on TV. I did not know it was a true story until the end of the movie. Because it was such a heart-rending story, I wanted to find out more about Hachi and googled his name and found this web site. Thank you, Maria, for telling us the true story behind Hollywood’s equally heart-rending version. I have always been a cat person, but am now considering giving up my Siamese for an American Akita, who, perhaps will be capable of God’s kind of unconditional love.

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  30. I was told to watch this film after sending my puppy to training, one of the owners said my cross puppy german shepherd had a bit of Akita in her and to watch the film. Wow, I thought it was amazing, very sad and I cried a lot. But Sky my puppy who is 7 months now is so intelligent and loving and come second in a competition against all the other pedigree puppies as she is so clever!! Love all animals and loved this thread!!

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    • Awwww, Sky sounds like such a great puppy! Congrats on the second place in the competition! You must be so proud.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your story about Sky, Jane!

      -Maria-

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  31. Hatchi , ur one really great dog which i never see in my dog like u , i really crying on that movement when i saw movie. We all luv u hatchi , i want u back as it is…….. Really no words literally i cry buddy. Salute u

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  32. We had an akita growing up as a family pet so I can relate to this film. I must say it is an excellent portrayal of the independent yet devoted character of the akita.
    I was 7 when my mum bought him for me one Christmas and I was 20 when he died. my mum would walk him to school with us when we were younger, one day when he escaped my mum found him at the school gate waiting for me to finish.
    I am more than middle aged now and even though I have owned other dogs (not akita’s) and loved them all, none have come close to to demonstrating the loyalty, devotion and respect he did.

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    • Awww, your Akita dog seems to have been really sweet and loyalty! You must miss her. I have never owned an Akita dog, but they seem to be very devoted and attached to their owners. 13 year is a lot for a big dog like the Akita, you must have given him a good life then. My Siberian husky dog is 16, she still goes skiing with me. I love her so much.

      Thank you so much, Aimee, for commenting and sharing your great story about your Akita dog!

      -Maria-

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  33. That’s amazing story ! About Love and Faithfullness, I haven’t yet see the movie of Hachiko, but I was crying a lot when I read the text story from you. As old man like me, I am 58 years old of age, is not easy for me to cry, but infact I was crying during reading the story. I am touched with Hachiko faitfullness as long as 10 years to wait his owner comeback ! Also I cry Maybe because I remember that in the past my Family, we have also a Dog and she was very friendly to us, we love her verymuch. Thanks a lot !

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    • Hi Sigfrid,

      I agree, the story about Hachiko is such an amazing story, and that it`s true makes it, even more, sweet and heartbreaking. Your family dog seems to have been the perfect dog and best friend. I have good memories too of the dogs that have been a part of my life over the years. I was born into a dog-loving-family and have had dogs all my life. Can`t imagine a life without a dog.

      Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your story!

      Best regards,
      Maria

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  34. I just watched the movie, I can’t get it out of my mind. I guess what bothers me is that the dog knew his owner for 2 short years as a young dog, then lived with the owner’s Gardner for 10 years. Why didn’t the Gardner who cared for him gain his love and affection like the first owner of 2 years? or did he, and maybe we don’t know the whole story. I know a dog can be owned and loved by more than one person. I feel bad for the dog, because I can’t help but think that no one else could show him the Love the first owner showed him. So that he mourned the rest of his life.

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  35. There is no word to comment. I am writing this to mention my heartly thanks to author of this article . Nothing more;I am praying to God get an amazing dog like hatchiko.

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  36. Have just watched this film this evening with my family. A man of 55, I found myself fighting back the tears being reminded of my own dog and his loyalty to me. I once heard dogs described as angels in disguise – from my experience they are that and so much more. I couldn’t imagine living without a dog – people on the other hand!

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    • Hi Tony,

      I think everyone is fighting back the tears when watching this movie, no matter what age. I sure did!

      Our dog Varga died last week, at 16 years of age, and it was just heartbreaking. I miss her a lot! It is the first time in my life without having a dog, and I can tell you, life is not as fun without a dog. 🙁

      Thanks for commenting!

      Best regards,
      Maria

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  37. Ow Hauglann, I really love your website. I dont own a dog, but the story of Hachi made me realize that God has amazing ways in teaching us how to love unconditionally, unselfishly and faithfully. I was devastated by the dog’s fate… I mean, death is everyone’s prospect. But it’s unfair for Hachi. So attached to his owner, that Hachi should have died too on that same day, than living a life worse than death, waiting for someone who would never return.

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    • Hi Sheriff,

      Thank you! It is such a sad and heartbreaking story! A dog really is man`s best friend.

      -Maria-

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  38. We are studying about Amazing Animals for our reading theme. It is fitting that since we live in Tokyo. that we learn about the true story of Hachiko. Many of my students have been to the Shibuya eki and have seen this statue. He is loved by all my boys whom teach at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. Thank you for sharing your article with us.

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    • Hi Becky,

      Wow, so cool that you are studying and learning about amazing animals! Hachiko is one of the most amazing animals I have ever heard of. I got really touched by the story about Hachiko and his dedication once I heard it while visiting Tokyo.

      Thanks a lot for commenting! Good luck with you amazing animals project at St. Mary`s International School!

      Best regards,
      Maria

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  39. Really a cried a lot. This movie reminds me my pet pinky who is no more. It makes me feel like dogs are the most faithful towards their loved ones. He is been a best companion for the professor. I wanna make pet like this. 🙁 . Thanks for the article though. It explains the true story of hachi !!!

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    • Hi Prashaanth,

      So sorry to hear about your Pinky. Dogs and humans sure have a special bond, which the story of Hachi really proves.

      Thanks for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  40. I cried and thought a lot after reading the story and watching the Hachi movie,
    It really inspire me and my family how to treat dog.
    Now, I care more my dog at my home like my family..

    Thanks you your article

    HANNY

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    • I agree, Hanny, the story of Hachi makes us all care more for animals and dogs in particular. Hachi is such an inspiration!

      Thanks for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  41. I’ve watched this film 4 times now and I love hatchi so much what a loyal faithful dog he’s amazing I cry alot watching this it gets me every time , wanting to no the background so came to this page and learnt a lot from it thank you hatchi we love u

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    • Thank you so much, Sam! Wow, four times! You must love this story just as much as me. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  42. I cried a lot, I couldn’t help my tears falling, very nice story of love, devotion and patience

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  43. I wanted to know more about Hachiko and came across this blog post. Very informative! I hope to visit Shibuya station and feel the warmth of Hachi’s love for his master. I have three dogs and I shed a lot of tears watching the movie inspired by Hachiko.

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    • Thank you so much, Charles!

      You should definitely visit Tokyo and Shibuya train station, it is a such special place when you know the story of Hachiko and have seen the movie.

      Give your three dogs a big hug from me!

      -Maria-

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  44. My name is Achi, I never like my name since young. Now I’m proud of having this name after watching this wonderful movie about the faithful dog Hachi. I have a dog which I found him trying to cross the busy road few years ago. He is born deformed, obviously he has been abandoned,I took him home with me, I love him so…so… much. My dream now is to visit Shibuya one day to a photo with Hachi.

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    • Hi Achi,

      You have a beautiful name! Thank you so much for sharing your story of how you found and took care of an abandoned dog, it is such a sweet story! Your dog seems like the best.

      Take care!

      -Maria-

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  45. Hachi’s story is amazing and I’m glad people recognized his devotion. The story moved me so much that I named my dog “Hachi” honoring the original Hachi.

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    • Hachi is a great name and a nice way of honoring the devotion of the original Hachi. I am considering naming my next dog Hachi too.

      -Maria-

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  46. story of hachiko is unforgettable and unbelievable. no where in the world we can see this much love ,the above description about the story is also very useful for me because i am going to take a paper presentation about hachiko in Mba class .thank you….

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    • So glad our article could be of help to you when writing your presentation about hachiko! Good luck with your presentation!

      Thank you for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  47. Just watched the movie about Hachiko with my husband. A very sweet story and both cried our eyes out. Once the bond between dog and master is truly made, it is for life and beyind, I’m sure. What a wonderful story….

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  48. I just watched the Hollywood version of the movie last night. It was so touching and reminded me of why I love dogs so much. They are the best. There is also a legendary story of the Korean Jindo’s unending loyalty. I wonder if that has been turned into a movie too.

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    • Thanks for the tip on the Korean Jindo. I have never heard of this breed but they look like really nice dogs too. It seems like they are a bit similar to the Akita breed in their looks.

      Thank you for commenting, miss Kim!

      -Maria-

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    • I watched the film last night and I have never cried so much. I have a small dog named chicken who was also abandoned and I gave her an extra hug last night before going to bed. I truly believe that a dog is a person’s most loyal friend who loves you even with all our faults. Evie

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  49. Saw the american movie and if it were fact, the dog would have been picked up by a dog catcher and put in the pound…and the daughter did the wrong thing by the dog letting it roam around…no vet care, would have had ticks and disease. if you were the professor would you have wanted that to happen to your dog? of course not.
    as for the “true story”, it sounds like a media beat up anyway…dont believe it…

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    • Omg, what an ignorant comment…Do your research before speaking.. This extraordinary story is 100% true save for very small details totally irrelevant to the true heart of the story which is all historically factual .

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  50. Maria Thank you for your valuable contribution to build awareness on the importance of LOVE.

    Hachi and dogs in general are beautiful examples of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE !

    Love is what we all need to grow.
    Through love we discover the God within us.

    To experience love it is important to understand it’s definition in few simple words that can be put into action.

    “LOVE is when we put interest of others before ours.
    LOVE has to be a free gift. The moment there is a price tag on it, it is no longer love. ”

    Hachi and Richard Gère play their role very well. Both are pregnant with love and were the perfect recipient for each other’s love.

    Love is the most healing force in the world. Nothing goes more deeper than Love : it heals not only the body, not only the mind, but also the Soul.

    This friendship, Love, Trust and Compassion with Dogs helps us to know the God within us. ( coincidentally DOG read backwards is GOD )

    Maria Thank you for your beautiful work and i pray all your wishes come true.

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  51. I am a native Japanese speaker, and I would like to point out that his real name was “Hachi” and “Hachiokh” (it is a long o) is his nickname. “koh” is similar to the German “chen”. I also would like to add that my maternal grandparents actually saw him at the Shibuya Station:-)

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    • Hi Shizue,

      Thank you so much for that information! So cool that your grandparents actually met him at Shibuya station! Wow!

      Thanks for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  52. A great story about a loyal, fathful dog. I watched the movie with Richard Gere and loved it and yes I cried but it reminded me of my Star. Star a black lab, born in 2005 and came to live with me in 2009. Belonged to my neighbor but always wanted to be with me. Given to me in May 2009. Past away in 2013 from cancer and I still talk to her every day. I still put flowers on her grave at least once a month.

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    • Star sounds like the perfect dog and best friend, Ron. No wonder that you miss her a lot. I lost my dog earlier this year, so know how you feel. Dogs are the best!

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  53. I watched the movie earlier today, then stumbled on your blog because I wanted to read more about this story – great tribute to Hachiko you have here! I admit I was sobbing my eyes out before the movie was even finished, and prayed Hachiko’s long wait was finally over and he was reunited with his human in heaven, if there is such a place.

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  54. I saw this movie (American version) a few years ago in the USA and was touched
    very much by it, especially by the second half of the movie , but I must admit after a few weeks it fades away.
    Now back in 2016 – my daughter has 1 year old puppy that I love very much too.
    Now I realise and feel even more the love of a dog for a human being and on the other hand how that puppy deserves our love as well. It’s like with your children : you have to take good care of them. He/she depend on you ! It was unbelieveble what Hachiko did ! To morrow ( dec. 14 ) this film will be on Dutch tv again and I already feel a little bit sad thinking about how this story will end.
    A few years ago I actually was in Tokyo , unfortunately I did not know about the train station being situated in Tokyo. I would have visited it, for sure.

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    • Hi Piet,

      Thank you so much for commenting! I agree, having a dog makes you feel a great love for animals and dogs in particular. Your daughter`s puppy sounds like a sweet dog, I bet the puppy is very cute. Great to hear that Hachiko the movie was shown on Dutch TV, love that movie!

      Too bad that you missed the Shibuya train station with the bronze statue of Hachiko, but then you have a reason to go back to Tokyo.

      -Maria-

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  55. Omg i cried my heart out watching the hachiko film. So sad. I only hope they have been reunited in heaven. God bless u hachiko.

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  56. I have just watched the film Hachi – A Dogs Tale and was very upset being as it is a true story. I hope to visit the statue one day. It is heart wrenching to witness the love and devotion between a dog and his master.

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  57. I just watched the movie an it stole my heart , i cried! I did some research an read the story an seen some pictures an again it broke my heart. This story will always be with me, rest in peace faithfull one?

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  58. Like all people who love dogs so much this story just shows how faithful and loyal a dog can be to the one they love. The story did touch my heart and made me cry, I had a wonderful dog for 14 years named Kae’o who was an American Bulldog. I watched him be born, he was my shadow and companion throughout his life. We shared special moments together right up to the day he left me which still breaks my heart.

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  59. Loved the movie……….sobbed uncontrollably. The only thing I would have changed in the movie is that when Hachi’s master died, I believe he should have been taken to the cemetery so that he knew what happened to his master.

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  60. Richard Gere must have spent a long time wirh the dog that played Hatchie’s part. They had to have bonded for that dog to be so devoted to him. If I were Richard, after the filming was done, I think I would’ve requested to keep the dog. What do you think?

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    • I agree, Frank. If I were Richard Gere I would definitely ask if I could keep the dog, hehe. But I am hopeless when it comes to dogs, I fall in love with all dogs I meet and want to keep them all.

      -Maria-

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  61. I watched both the American and Japanese version. Trust me, you will sob even more if you watch the Japanese version ( “Hatchiko Monogatari”. ).

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  62. I remember when this movie came out….I knew I was going to be in trouble and I was. I watched it and could not ever watch it again…..I cried so much. Dogs will always give us unconditional love….There are spiritual forces that go beyond even that and Hachi was one of those. I have seen stories where dogs will go to the grave of their owner till the day they die.(12 yrs) These are those exceptional animals where the bond can never be broke….They break our hearts but I wouldn’t have it any other way…..My first real love of a dog was Sonja(doberman). Sh’s been gone 30 yrs and she still breaks this heart with tears

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  63. One of the best films about a dog and he’s friend that I’ve seen. Couldn’t stop crying. Dogs have so much love and dedication towards us and unconditional love which touched my heart so much.

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  64. The enduring spirit of the canine bond is one of mystery and a
    sobering thought of just what real enduring love, loyalty, and
    above all else the unconditional love of that unseen bond that
    defies explanation. I have been fortunate to have experienced
    this from my dog that I grew up with when I was just a kid.
    I look back at the unbreakable bond that we still have, although
    it is a spiritual one know that he is gone since 1980. I know of
    nothing else to compare it to. A great movie, wish there were more
    movies with this theme. See you later Skipper, I miss you.

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  65. I think that what hurts the most is the fact that, in vain, he awaited 9 years for someone who wasn’t coming back. But the thought that the Dr. will never know that his best friend spent his whole life waiting for him… And Hachiko had died doing what he wanted to do… And carrying a broken heart along with it. True stories KILL ME!!! >:'(

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  66. I hated the people in this dog’s life. To just leave him alone to live in a train station while they moved away and forgot about him. Such a horrible thing to do to an animal and I hope their life was as horrible as that poor animal’s life turned out to be. No compassion for that dog at all. I hate them all, I really hate them.

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  67. One of the best movies I have ever seen …and yes the tears kept coming (even more the second time I watched the movie). It was so painful to see Hachi desperately wait for Parker to return …but also uplifting to see the enduring friendship between Hachi and Parker. The ending eased the pain just a bit when Hachi died and was once again reunited with Parker.

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  68. Hi, I saw the movie today and cried so much I dont think I ever done before. It was so sad thinking about him waiting for his owner that never returned year after year. How heartbroken the dog must have been. Missing his best friend!! His an amazing dog!!

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  69. Oh my gosh this movie was on TV last night. This was the first time for me ever hearing about the story and it was amazing and also very sad! I think I cried a little too much. Animals show so much unconditional love ♥

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  70. saw the film today for the first time and i couldnt stop crying the story was so sad i know dogs are loyal but hachi was very special.

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  71. yes, I knew about Hachi’s story and watch the film as well.. Of course, I cry during reading this story again and again. I think I will not comment anything
    but finally write it down to share how do I feel? Basically, dog is the animal I feed them when I was young. I have 12 dogs and love to feed them for a couple on each time. Most of them are “chow chow”

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  72. I just watched this movie and my love for life was warmed. I have 4 dogs, all of them rescued, that is, accepted into our home with open arms. They are all delightful and emotional and give me reason to believe that Love is sent to us by God in all sorts of ways. I mention God because my dogs have regenerated my HEART, shown me how to see the spiritual goodness still available in a sometimes ugly world. Lunar, Lumi, Lubacha, and Jackson are my FRIENDS, and I love them. I show them in every way I can imagine how much their friendship means to me, and they do the same thing. I feel like this bond is ETERNAL, and watching the ending of the movie about Hachi helped me recognize the dogs’ hearts yearn for eternity, too, and that this hopefulness in the hearts of all living things will have that beautiful light that we saw in the train lights on Hachi’s last night, in Hachi’s eyes when he opened then in his new eternal life — that was the bright, bright light from which his dear friend appeared, and they were reunited in Love. This story of Hachi is one of the most spiritual, emotional, and rewarding experiences of my whole life. I am thankful for the people who have transitioned this story forward so I could be a part of it.

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    • Hi Vickie,

      Lunar, Lumi, Lubacha, and Jackson seem like such loving and great dogs! You are lucky to have them in your life and as your friends. Dogs are the greatest! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting and telling us about your wonderful dogs.

      -Maria-

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  73. Hi Maria,

    This article is very amazing. I have already watched ‘Hachi-a dog’s tale’ many times. Whenever i watch it , i feel like crying so much. The dog’s eyes and the time he has to wait for his master makes my heart pound. The love depicted in the dog’s faithfulness for his master is awesome and really appreciable. I hope everyone get someone so faithful and loving just like Hachi was.

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  74. After watching the movie and many tears later, I had thought of this idea. Would it be wonderful to create a communication system between us and dogs, and for the matter, cats. After all, these are our domestic four legers. When they are gone, we know the loss. Do they know, for if not, communication is needed by professionals in this field. Dog and cat whisperers come to mind.

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  75. People I know who saw both films said that the original film (Japanese version) is much more heavier and touching than the US version. Great true to life story for a dog. Akita dogs are normally sweet and more loyal to their masters compare to othe families of dogs. It’s in their genes. That’s why it’s against the law in Japan to cross-breed akita dogs to a different family of dogs. They want to maintain that behavior of akita dogs.

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    • Hi David,

      I love the Hachiko story and movie too! Ah, I didn’t know that it was against the law to cross-breed Akitas, but it makes sense. They seem like lovely dogs!

      -Maria-

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  76. I have seen this movie several times & every time I still cry. I hate that he stays at the train station & that his family doesn’t try harder to make him stay. I realize its a different culture & so I try to come to terms with it. The fact that he is so loyal to his owner is what is so beautiful. I truly hope they are now reunited because Hachi deserves this!! Btw, your dog Varga is soooo beautiful. I have such a soft spot in my heart for Huskies. My sister’s Husky, Freyja lived til she was 15. I always say she is my first niece. I loved her so much & every once in while I would stop over my sisters to visit her dog (& my sistet too Lol) Or if my sister came over without her dog I would ask “why didn’t you bring Freyja??” There is no doubt in my mind your dog brought you so much joy. Huskies are very special dogs!!

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    • Hi Lucia,

      I agree, the story about Hachi is so sad but yet so beautiful. Awwww, Freyja sounds like a great dog! I have had huskies all my life and for me huskies are the best dogs. 🙂 We now have a new husky called Frost who is seven months. She is soooo cute!

      Thanks for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  77. Maria, thank you so much for sharing the story of Hachiko….all I can say is: Wow.
    Like you I cried. I am a dog lover just like you. I had dogs all my life. They are truly amazing. They are the only creature in this world that love unconditionally and willing give their lives for the one they love or even the family. They clearly have emotions like we do and they are the only ones in this world to love like Jesus, unconditional and faithful. Hachiko was such a lucky dog for dogs in America and other places are often abused and thrown away like today’s trash. To me… any dog should be treated better than we treat ourselves. There is nothing like the love of a dog, they are truly a gift from God

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    • Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for commenting! I agree, dogs are the best and they are really mans best friend! The story about Hachiko is so sweet but sad at the same time, I think that`s why it touches so many people.

      -Maria-

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  78. I’m a bit of a movie snob, and was somewhat dubious when a friend put this one on. Boy, was I in for a surprise. What a moving, beautiful, life-affirming film. I wasn’t at all familiar with the story of this amazing dog, but it’s a story I’ll never forget. A terrific rendition of the story.

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  79. This movie reminds me of white calf we had. he was supposed to go some another place but he had always returned in the midnight several times. finally we again kept him. he was like whitest thing. I liked that innocent calf he even leaved his mother(cow) to stay with us. it was the famous story in neighbourhood 15 yrs ago.

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  80. Awww, that calf sounds so beautiful, charming and friendly! Thank you so much for sharing your story about the white calf!

    -Maria-

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  81. Thank you so much for the detail information on Hachiko. I visited this place on Oct 17, 2017. The story of Akita dog, the movies, the photographs makes one aware the intensity of faithfulness and loyalty!

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  82. Such a beautiful but heart breaking story!. It’s a dream of Mine to go to Japan and I’ve wanted to go to Shibuya for a long time just to see His statue, I know i’ll cry, I’ll still get a photo though

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  83. I want to strangle Richard Gere for making me cry so much. Beautiful story. Didn’t know what this movie was about till too late. I was watching it before work. I thought work would snap me out of the emotions i was feeling-it didn’t.I remember having felt strongly about a man i had dated. My heart waited for him , because I knew he would be coming back , and he did. I know Hachi’s owner came back for him too. That’s why Hatchi’s heart waited , and waited, and waited. Just like my heart did too.

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  84. It’s very Tear touching story. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying four dogs in my life. The movie trailer and movie ( American version) brought me to tears !!

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  85. Excellent movie. Don’t think they ever made a movie about it , but I read a good book years ago about a boy and two dogs called Where the Red Fern grows.

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  86. I loved the move and I really wish it had portrayed the gardener taking care of the dog after his owner dies. It would have still have had the same effect. It broke my heart as i am a dog lover and I would have felt better knowing the dog was cared for and loved by his gardener.. I have never cried over a movie as I did this one and usually only get tears in my eyes. Such a loyal companion!

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  87. Its a very special heart warming story of a dog. Its one of those kind of movies which will make you fall in love with a dog and make you cry even thinking about the poor Hachi. That sort of impact is left after watching the movie and learning the story of Hachi. This is an all time favourite dog movie for me..

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  88. I was 4 when I watched Hollywood’s movie and I was living with my grandma and I watched with my sis cause we had it on DVD I cried for Hatchi when his crate fell, when he was adopted, when he passed away mostly, and I said to my grandma, when I become a football player and YouTuber and make a whole lot of money I’m gonna by the biggest mansions in the USA, and I’m going to buy all of the dog training places and I’m going to buy all dogs who live in the pound and give them to my very best friends

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  89. I inquired a Japanese Akita when I was 12. My mom’s boss shipped him to the US from Japan for $3,000. She paid $1,000 for obedience school for him. So his name was money. When he was 6 years old she divorced and didn’t want him anymore. So I took him. He was my big teddy bear. He was very loyal and such a good boy. Sadly he died when he was 13. When I was in Middle School we had a class project to do a report on our favorite animal. I did it on money. I looked up the Japanese Akita background and I was amazed to find out what the blood line was. We would go for walks everyday after school and everyone thought he was vicious because of his size. He was the sweetest boy ever. I just watched the movie about Hachi. It did make me cry and miss my money. That breed are very smart dogs. But the dog in particular was just heartbroken and missed his owner.

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    • Hi Amanda,

      Wow, what a great story about your Akita dog! Money sounds like such a sweet and amazing dog, I totally understand that you miss him. Thank you so much for sharing your story about Money!❤️

      All the best,
      Maria

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  90. I love this movie.

    The only thing is, I wish they would of taken Hachi to the owners grave, so he could have some closure. Hachi never really knew his owner died.

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  91. Maria, thank you for such a great story about the Real Hachi. Love love love this. I cried my eyes out. I’m a big dog lover and had the best ever golden retriever for 12 years. He would do anything for me and I him. When he passed, I actually had to keep calling out of work for almost a month. I just couldn’t stop crying. My boss knew of my Chevyloubear and knew of our attachment and fortunately kept my position open. Bless her for being so understanding and so loving towards his loss. I’ think I’m glad that he went before me because I don’t think he would have lived a happy life with anyone else. Not even my husband. Dogs are the very very best. Hachi, I hope I get to meet you at the Rainbow Bridge when it’s my time. Go play with my Chevy Lou Bear. Tell him mommy still loves him and thinks of him every day. Again, thank you Maria.

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    • Hi Melinda,

      Thank you so much! And thanks a million for sharing this beautiful story about your Chevy Lou Bear, he sounds like such an amazing dog! ❤️ ?

      I know all about losing your best dog-friend and I can totally relate to you not managing to go to work for a month. When my 16-year-old dog Varga died a couple of years ago I only took one day off from work but I could not focus at all the next weeks, it was awful. And I did not want to go home after work because the house felt so empty without her.

      But now we have a new dog, called Frozen, and she is the sweetest and I love her to bits. 🙂

      Thanks again for commenting and sharing your lovely story about Chevy Lou Bear! ❤️

      All the best,
      Maria

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  92. Yes, omg all i did was cry all thou the movie it hit me hard , wish i can have a dog just like him ,again i still cry after the movie !!!

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  93. Tokyo is my hometown, and Shibuya was the train station that I used to go to school every day. My father graduated from Tokyo University in the 1940’s. Shibuya station has changed so much since Hachi was there (you probably have seen the huge scramble intersection where hundreds of people crossing all at the same time, that’s Shibuya station), but I always met up with my high school friends in front of Hachi statue at the station. I now live in California, adopted a White German Shepherd, and named him Hachi.

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    • Hi Midori,

      Wow, so cool! I can imagine that Shibuya station has changed a lot over the years. Yep, the huge intersection is quite impressive!

      Your Hachi seems like a beautiful dog! Thanks for sharing your story!

      All the best,
      Maria

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  94. Wonderful story. Does anyone know the meaning of why Hatchi acted odd the day the owner died and finally fetched the ball? Is it possible the dog sensed the owner was going to die as they say dogs are capable of sensing in humans (used by diabetics or people with heart problems as warnings)?

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  95. “Hachiko the dog” is a true story about a loyal dog who was consider gardener’s friend. The dog was so famous that most of Asian people know him. I cried a lot on watching the film. Hachiko made me miss my dog- Honey (yes, brought him up after I broke heart, so he was called “honey”). He lost in a a raining day when I woke up in the morning and could not find him. My neighbor said he’d saw Honey being dragged by two men on motorbike. The two men seem Dog Meat Restaurant’s staffs. I tried to find Honey but he never came back to me. I cried a lot, a lot. The world should launch a serious campaign to remove the bad issue, to survive millions of dog from unexpected death.

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    • Hi Kara,

      Oh noooo, I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your dog Honey! That is awful and truly heartbreaking!! 🙁 I love dogs and will sign and contribute to a campaign illegalizing selling dog meat! I just don´t get how people can eat dog meat in the first place.

      Thank you so much for commenting and telling us the sad story about your Honey, he seems like a great and sweet dog!

      All the best,
      Maria

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  96. I just saw this movie and I can’t stop thinking about it. Such true love and devotion. I live in Rhode Island where the American version was made. There is a statue of Hatchi in front our train station for those who can’t make it to Japan.

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    • Hi Rosemary,

      I did not know that there is a statue of Hatchi in Rhode Island as well, or that the movie was made there. That is great! It is such a lovely and sad movie. Thank you for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  97. In my opinion, all the dogs are faithful, you just love them and treat them right and they will love you unconditionally. When my pet died a month ago, it’s difficult to cope, even we got a new dog after his pet cremation in Houston TX we still feel the pain of his loss. I want to recommend The Pet Loss Center – Houston TX for giving our beloved pet a great service for the pet cremation.

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    • Hi Gine,

      So sorry to hear that your pet had to leave this world! It is always sad and you feel like a part of you are gone. But it gets better after a while. I still miss my dog, however, that died in 2016 even though we also have a new dog.

      All the best,
      Maria

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  98. Wow! I have never been so touched by a story, as I am with this one!! What loyalty that dog had for his owner!! Nine years….wow, nine years, he waited everyday!! I can see why a story was made about him, awesome!!!

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  99. I’ve seen this amazing film about this amazing dog and it made me very sad even year’s after I’ve seen it, I can’t get that lovely dog out of my mind, I fill up just thinking about him for 9 year’s hoping to meet his best friend coming home from work at the train station, what must he have been thinking.

    Poor, poor dog, an amazing dog and an amazing film, but I wished I never seen it, it has made me feel very sad thinking about him, even year’s after I have seen the film.

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  100. The sweetest and yet saddest movie I have ever seen. I cried so hard. The grieving an animal can experience is very deep. We lost our son in a terrible accident at only 21 yrs. old. His 2 yr old boxer would go up to his my sons picture and whimper while he paced back and forth from the basement door were he and our son ate, played and slept together. It was horrible on us and him. We gave him to a friend of mine that has 3 boys to keep him company and he fell in love with them ❤️

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    • Hi Christine,

      Thank you so much for commenting! So sad and sorry to hear about the loss of your son❣️ And the grieving of his sweet boxer, so heartbreaking! Happy to hear that you were able to find him a new family and boys to love, but I’m sure that your son is always in his heart.

      ❤️ Lots of love,
      Maria

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  101. Hi I loved the film never cried so much but I know what a dog is made of. I have had dogs all my life. wonderful story and an amazing dog Hachiko I will remember for ever. Thanks for the article it was great. Mags.

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    • Hi Mags,

      I agree, the story about Hachiko is wonderful and Hachiko was such a special dog. Thank you for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  102. Hachi is a loyal dog; members of Japan would never forget about him. The movie was heartbreaking and I cried during the whole movie. ????????????Thank you for posting ????

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  103. We adopted an Akita who was dumped on a road and ended up at Pearcedale RSPCA.
    She does like to chase the chickens when they are in the garden, but she is a lovely girl.
    Her coloring is great.
    We think she was forced to breed; but now she has a home.

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    • Hi Craig,

      What a sweet thing to do, adopting a homeless Akita dog! She sounds like a wonderful dog! I can’t believe that someone would dump a dog on the road, that is heartbreaking! So glad that she finally found a happy home. Thank you so much for commenting!

      -Maria-

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