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Hachi’s tribute


In Japan there is a celebrated story from the 1920s and 1930s of a dog called Hachi, who used to walk with his master to a railway station in Tokyo to see him off to work.

Japanese Akita HachiThen at 5pm Hachi, a Japanese Akita, would return to the same station to greet his owner – a university lecturer – as he returned from work.

One day, however, Hachi’s owner did not turn up as usual because, sadly, he had died at work while giving a lecture.

Hachi, however, was undeterred. He continued to come to the station on the dot at 5pm every working day. The devoted Hachi did this until his own death ten years later, in March 1935.

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