Thursday, November 13, 2008

Man's Best Friend

When I hunted for late autumn view nearby, I captured a man walking with his dog. Though it's a common view in Germany (since it said that the Germans prefer to have dog than their own kid), but still... it touched my heart (somehow I can feel that they care for each other). Those moments reminded me of Hachikō, a dog who waited for his died master to come.

In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life, Hachikō saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno didn't return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting.

Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. After time, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he didn't see his friend among the commuters at the station.

The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. Realizing that Hachikō waited in vigil for his dead master, their hearts were touched. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.

This continued for 10 years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station. [1] (Source: Wikipedia)

Picture taken Doventor, Bremen, Germany
Thursday, November 13th, 2008


  1. gbr yg bwh kok gag bisa liat ya sef, apa kompi ku yg oon T_T

  2. iya gak tau, barusan aku benerin... dari flickrnya kali ya :D

  3. baru kliatan Sef, duh jadi bikin kgn liat yg ginian Sef, disini kebanyakan liat org bawa keledai hehehe...
    mungkin dsini man's best friendnya keledai kali yak hehehe...(kidding)

  4. sedih deh kisah hatchiko-nya..

    aku jadi inget bun-bun, kucingku
    klo mau berangkat kuliah..mau ikut..ampe jauh..
    aku berhenti..dia juga berhenti..
    "wusss..balik ke rumah, nanti ketabrak"
    tetap ngikutin..