Story of Hachi: The faithful dog

26 Aug
Taxidermy of Hachiko

Taxidermy of Hachiko

Hachiko Monogatari (monogatari = story)” is a Japanese movie based on a true story about an Akita dog named Hachikō (aka Hachi).  The film was released in 1987, and it was a big hit.  I remember watching it and crying as a child.  The story affected me so much that I began asking my parents if we could have a dog.  Since then I’ve had several wonderful dogs in my life, but I still dream of having an Akita dog like Hachi one day.

Hachi lived with his owner near Shibuya station, one of the busiest train stations in Tokyo today.  At the end of each day Hachi went to the station by himself to greet his owner.  But one day the owner died suddenly from stroke, never returning to the station where Hachi was waiting.

After the owner’s death Hachi continued to appear at the station preciously when the train was arriving, awaiting his owner’s return.  For the next 9 years until his death Hachi waited for his owner every day at the station.  The statue of Hachi was built a year before his death, and it still remains in Shibuya station today.

The story is legendary in Japan, because it shows the deep connection between dogs and humans.  Even Hollywood took a note of it and made a move called “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” starring Richard Gere as the owner.  The Hollywood version slightly differs from the Japanese version, but the basic storyline is the same.

Whether you’re a dog lover or not, the story will move you.  And you’ll learn about Japan’s most famous and beloved dog, Chuken Hachikō (the faithful dog Hachi).

 

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8 Responses to “Story of Hachi: The faithful dog”

  1. lmjapan August 27, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    I’ve only seen the Richard Gere version, I want to see the Japanese one too!

    • Yumi August 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

      Hi! You can find the Japanese version of the movie, “Hachiko Monogatari” on Youtube, but it’s in Spanish or French subtitles. I haven’t found the one with English subtitles yet. If I remember correctly, the Japanese one is even more heartbreaking than the American version!

      • lmjapan August 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

        Yes, I would definitely think the Japanese one would be better. I didn’t like the American one that much. I only watched it because I took my mother to see it — she’s a huge Richard Gere fan! Thanks for the Youtube tip, I can actually understand some Japanese so I’ll try watching it!

        • Yumi August 28, 2013 at 1:47 am #

          Sounds great! I hope you’ll enjoy the movie. 🙂

  2. Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Very sad movie heartbreaking

    • Yumi May 12, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Yes, I know. It is impossible to watch it without tears…

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