When Hachiko's owner failed to come home from work one day, the faithful dog returned to his master's train station and waited for him for 9 years.
Hachiko the dog was more than a pet. As the canine companion to a university professor, Hachiko patiently waited for his owner’s return from work at their local train station each evening.
But when the professor died suddenly one day at work, Hachiko was left waiting at the station for nearly a decade. Every day after his master passed, Hachiko the dog returned to the train station, often to the chagrin of the employees who worked there. But his fidelity soon won them over, and he became an international sensation and a symbol of loyalty.
People from all over the country came to visit Hachiko, who had become a symbol of loyalty and something of a good-luck charm. Hachiko's great vigil finally came to an end on March 8, 1935, when he was found dead in the streets of Shibuya at the age of 11. Scientists, who weren’t able to determine his cause of death until 2011, found that the dog Hachiko likely died of a filaria infection and cancer.
Hachiko's passing made national headlines. He was cremated and his ashes were placed next to Professor Ueno’s grave in Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo. The master and his loyal dog had finally reunited.