Famous Akita Inu
Akita Inu - Heroes
Hachiko, an Akita Inu dog, became a symbol of fidelity in Japan. For many years, at the very spot where his bronze copy now stands, Hachiko patiently waited for his beloved master, who had never appeared.
The dog belonged to Professor Eisaburo Ueno, who taught at the University of Tokyo at the Department of Agriculture. On weekdays, every morning, Hachiko escorted the owner to Shibuya station, and at three o'clock in the afternoon he met him there. But once in May 1925, the professor felt unwell and died right at the workplace. On this day, faithful Khachiko did not wait for the master to appear, but he did not give up.
For eleven years, Hachiko arrived at Shibuya Station every day at three in the afternoon. The dog became a local attraction, and he was allowed to sleep in the pantry at the station. After some time, the story of Hachiko hit the pages of newspapers, and he became a national hero. A book written about him has become a popular children's reading. In 1934, a bronze statue was placed at the station, with Hachiko himself present at the grand opening of the monument. However, the old dog did not pay attention to fame and continued his lonely duty until his death on March 8, 1935.
During World War II, the statue was remelted, as metal was required for the needs of the military industry. But in 1948, a new statue was erected in the same place, the author of which was the son of the sculptor who created the first monument.
Khachiko did not suspect how his behavior would affect the fate of the breed. At the beginning of the 20th century, Akita Inu were close to extinction. But thanks to the fame of the most famous representative of the breed, now these are the most popular dogs in Japan. The memory of Hachiko lives in books and films, and his stuffed animal is exhibited at the National Museum of Science in Tokyo.
Akita Inu in books and films
Akita Inu Foxy is dedicated to the story “Unhappy Foundling” of the collection “True Stories of Miracles and Hope” - about the famous English shelter of Battersea.
The representative of the breed, nicknamed Yoko, is the hero of the book by J. Fisher "What your dog thinks about."
Akita Inu "Hachiko" - the protagonist of the famous film of the same name, which caused the rapid growth in popularity of the breed.
In the photo: Shot from the movie "Hachiko"
Famous Akita Inu Owners
Natalia Chistyakova-Ionova (aka Glucose) is the proud owner of Akita Inu, nicknamed Muftik.