Hachiko was adopted by Hidesaburo Ueno, an agricultural department professor at the University of Tokyo in 1924.
Ueno would commute to work each morning and Hachiko would travel to Shibuya station at the end of each day to await the professor. This routine continued daily, until Ueno’s sudden death in May 1925. Ueno had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during a lecture and never returned.
Every day for the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days, Hachikō would arrive to the station at precisely the time the train was due and await Ueno’s return.
Hachiko eventually became a national sensation in Japan. The faithfulness he showed was used as an example to all, as a spirit of family loyalty that everyone should strive to achieve.
After his death in 1935, Hachiko was cremated and his ashes were buried alongside Professor Ueno’s in Aoyama Cemetery, Minato, Tokyo.