• Feb 14, 2020

to Akita-in — heroes

Hachiko, the dog of breed of an Akita Inu, became in Japan a fidelity symbol. For many years on that place where now there is its bronze copy, Hachiko patiently waited for the favourite owner who so never and appeared.
the Dog belonged to professor Eysaburo Uyeno teaching in the University of Tokyo at faculty of agriculture. On weekdays every morning Hachiko saw off the owner on the Shibuya station, and at three o'clock in the afternoon met him there. But once in May, 1925 professor felt unwell and died directly on a workplace. This day faithful Hachiko did not wait for appearance of the owner, but he did not give up.
Within eleven years Hachiko came every day to the Shibuya station at three o'clock p.m. The dog became a local attraction, and to him allowed to spend the night in the storeroom at the station. After a while a story about Hachiko got on pages of newspapers, and he became the national hero. The book written about it became popular children's reading. In 1934 at the station the bronze statue was delivered to it, and Hachiko himself was present at a ceremonial opening of a monument. However, the old dog did not pay attention wonderfully well and continued the lonely watch to death on March 8, 1935.
during World War II the statue was melted as metal was required for needs of war industry. But in 1948 on the same place the new statue which author was a son of the sculptor who created the first monument was established.
Hachiko did not suspect how his behavior will affect the fate of breed. At the beginning of the 20th century of an Akita Inu were close to extinction. But thanks to glory of the most famous representative of breed, it is the most popular dogs in Japan now. The memory of Hachiko lives in books and movies, and his effigy is exposed in the National museum of science in Tokyo.

the Akita Inu in books and movies

The Akita Inu of Foksi is devoted the story "Unfortunate Foundling" of the collection "True Stories about Miracles and Hope" — about the well-known English shelter of Battersi.

The representative of breed by nickname Yoko — the hero of the book of J. Fischer "Of what thinks your dog".

An Akita Inu of Hachiko — the main character of the well-known eponymous movie which became the reason of rapid growth of popularity of breed.

On a photo: Frame from the movie of Hachiko

Famous owners of an Akita Inu

Natalya Chistyakova-Ionova (she is Glucose) is the proud owner of an Akita Inu by nickname Muftik.

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