People the world around know the story of Hachikō, the faithful Akita dog taken in by Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, in 1925. Hachikō greeted his owner at the end of each day at Shibuya Station until his owner passed away 1925 and did not return at the end of the day. Every day for the next ten years (until his death), Hachikō awaited Ueno’s return at the station, eventually attracting the attention of local commuters and the country as a whole. There is now a “Hachikō” exit of Shibuya station where a statue of the dog stands as a popular local site and tribute to the pair.
The Yomiuri Shimbun has just reported that a rare photograph of Hachikō has been unearthed in the collection of the late Isamu Yamamoto, a former bank employee who lived in Shibuya and photographed the area as a hobby. The photo, seen below, shows Hachikō relaxing in front of Shibuya station, just another fixture of the area along with the various passersby. What an incredible find! Find out more information at the article here.