Recently, some rare photos of Hachikō, the famous Akita dog, have emerged, touching hearts worldwide. These images are a poignant reminder of his unwavering love and loyalty. Hachikō’s story has crossed borders, becoming a global symbol of loyalty, admired not just in Japan but everywhere.

Hachikō’s tale began when Professor Hidesaburō Ueno adopted him. Born on a farm in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan, in late 1923, Hachikō moved in with Professor Ueno in 1924. The professor, associated with Tokyo Imperial University’s agriculture department, lived in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Their daily routine became beloved by many. Each day, Hachikō would accompany Professor Ueno to Shibuya Station as he left for work. Tragedy struck on May 21, 1925, when Professor Ueno died of a brain hemorrhage while lecturing. He never returned to Hachikō, who waited for him at the station, not knowing his beloved owner had passed away.

Not only is this one based on a true story, but there are numerous similar stories of a dog so dedicated to its human. I recently saw a video short of a dog that came to the cemetery every day at the same time. The gatekeeper would let him in, he would go to his master’s graveside, and lie down and morn for a few hours and then go back out. Did this until he died.

The newly released photos capture Hachikō’s enduring loyalty, showing the sorrowful moments as he waited for a reunion that would never happen. These images are a touching testament to the deep bond between humans and their pets, highlighting the profound impact these relationships have on our lives.

Every now and then this movie pops into my head and I just can’t get rid of the absolute sorrow it brings. Would never be able to watch it again.