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For those who have been to Shibuya train station, you may know of the dog statue. When I went to Halvsie meet ups in Tokyo, people would often agree to meet at that statue. Today I found out the story about the dog. From Wikipedia:

In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life Hachikō saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno didn't return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting.

Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. After time, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he didn't see his friend among the commuters at the station.

The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. Realizing that Hachikō waited in vigil for his dead master, their hearts were touched. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.

This continued for 10 years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.
Its a famous film too, called "Hachiko".
Its really good but soooo sad

I remember the first time I was told about this maybe 20 years before.. I couldnt stop crying...
There's a not exactly funny ad running on TV right now for an online SNS/game site/service that parodies Hachiko
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Wahahaha [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
[img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cry.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cry.gif[/img] how could they make a parody out of hachiko?
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Its really good but soooo sad<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
yea, I was living in japan when that movie came out, man that was a while ago, funny thing is I was just telling my friend this story like a few days ago, hmmm
I love that place. The story is very touching, and I was just amazed the first time I saw the statue. *wipes tear away*

The things that dogs would do for their masters.
Hey! I have an Akita! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
Man, I saw that movie when I was a kid in Japan. I remember they were actually giving out tissue packs at the movie theater hahaha

I cried so damn hard. My aunt even bought me a little Hachiko stuffed animal (which my dog then tore to shreds - jealousy perhaps?)...
i wanna see that movie now [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif[/img]
I saw the movie too, when it played at the now defunct Little Tokyo Cinema in Los Angeles. They featured a new Shochiku movie there every week. Lots of Tora-san movies too.
So they are comming out with an american version of this movie
That is wayyyyy sad. I never heard that before! I always use the Hachiko statue to meet up with people in Shibuya, but it gets a little sketchy sometimes because there are always guys who try to nampa there.