HACHIKO: The True Story of the Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita

HACHIKO: The True Story of the Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita

by Julie Chrystyn
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HACHIKO: The True Story of the Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita by Julie Chrystyn

In 1924, Hachiko was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life, Hachiko 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.

Hachiko was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. After time, Hachiko 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, Hachiko waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day, he didn't see his friend among the commuters at the station.

Hachiko became a permanent fixture at the train station, which eventually attracted the attention of commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachiko and Professor Ueno together. Realizing that Hachiko waited in vigil for his dead master, their hearts were touched. They brought Hachiko treats and food to nourish him during his wait. This continued for 10 years, with Hachiko appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.

Hachiko: The Story of the Royal Dogs of Japan and One Faithful Akita is Hachiko’s story, as well as an informative look at dog culture in Japan and the history and tradition of the Akita-ken, one of the most ancient, beloved, and faithful dog breeds.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013097223
Publisher: PHOENIX BOOKS INC
Publication date: 11/02/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 53
Sales rank: 574,136
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Julie Chrystyn was born on a farm in a rural part of the former Yugoslavia, under its Communist regime. She was granted political asylum in the United States at the age of eight. At the age of twelve, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine) for which she underwent radical surgery and spent a year on her bed in a full body cast. During that year, she mapped out the entire course of her life—and then proceeded to live it. She rejected the prognosis of lower-body paralysis and rejected the social and economic hardships of her family; she stubbornly defied all odds and worked toward her goals with a vengeance. Julie pursued an education in journalism, political science, and economics and eventually became a leading ghostwriter for some of the world's leading political figures and business tycoons. She ventured into business and philanthropy, and last year she married Dwight D. Opperman, one of the most prominent figures in America's legal world.

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Hachiko 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
robbin-nikki More than 1 year ago
Hachiko is a wonderful true story about a man and his faithful Akita. Not only does this book tell you that story but it tells you of the Akita dog and there importance to the Japanese people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie and it broke my heart it was so sad should i get this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so sad. The poor dog thought the owner would come back. I was kinda touched. Really touched accutally. It was an amazing book but they give u definitions and facts about other dog breeds. It only gives u like twelve pages out of 24. Its a good book but i wouldnt waist the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This basically explains the legend of the Royal dogs of Japan. Although it has a sad ending, it is a very heartwarming story of a dog's great love for his master. I enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book.love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie the dog and the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should I get this book? I've watched the movie. It made me crie for like a million hours. Do you reccomend thee book? Thanks! Anomynous
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie and it made me cry for, what felt like hours.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What a good dog you are" What a fine dog you are" "Hachi,you are the best dog in all of Japan. Professor Ueno speaks these words to his faithful dog before boarding the train every morning. And every afternoon, just before three o' clock, Hachiko returns to the station to greet his master. One day the the train arrives at the station without the professor. Hachiko waits. For ten years Hachiko waits. Not even Yasuo, the young boy who takes care of Hachiko, can persuade him to leave his post. "HACHIKO WAITS", a novel inspired by a true story, brings to life the legendary Akita who has become a national symbol for loyalty and devotion. Children learn about him in school, his image isseen throughout Japan, and each year he is honored with a celebration at the spot where he waited so faithfully for his beloved master.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tells about the akatas and how they come to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is sad:'(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh wow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so sad! Couldn't belive that the dog stayed there after the owner died! So sad!:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book yet but I watched the movie and I cried a lot because the poor sweet dog sat in the same spot every day waiting for his master until he died.
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This is one of the most heart-warming reads in a while for me. It is the touching true story of one extremely loyal dog who persists and persists. I couldn't help the tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HACHI WAS AN AKITA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seen the movie and read the book. I love both. I wish i had a dog like that.