Japanese long cherished the story of Hachiko, a faithful dog that died at a train station waiting for its master. There is even a film, "Hachi: A Dog's Story" about the dog with Richard Gere, as the dog master. The story of Hachiko is a legend among Japanese, a pet-loving nation that honors self-sacrificing loyalty. Hachiko, the story goes, always used to wait at Shibuya train station for its master, a music professor at the University of Tokyo. Even after the professor died, the dog waited every day at the station for a decade, until it died in 1935. People were so moved they built a statue of Hachiko at the station, which remains a popular rendezvous spot for Japanese today. The story of Hachiko was made into a 1987 Japanese movie. Gere's version transports that story to a station in Rhode Island.
With the recent earthquake in Japan, how many hachiko's will there be?
March 24th, 2011
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