Hachi ‘The Wonderland’
When was the last time you experienced an act of unconditional love? When was the last time you went for a long vacation? When was the last time you had a conversation with your wordless friend? When was the last time you waited for someone you love? This story of Hachiko urges you to feel the worth of an undeniable and undying trust and faith.
It all started when an adopted Akita puppy who was named as Hachiko by his owner Hizaburo Ueno who was a professor at Tokyo University, Japan. Hachiko, the canine who enjoyed the hospitality of the professor Ueno, who in return admired the blooming stage of Hachiko by teaching him to shake hands, fetch and somewhere in between this exchange, their bond evolved.
Every morning Hachi escorts his beloved friend to the city’s train station. Once when the clock is about to strike 5 in the evening, he hits to the road which leads to his master. He sits in front of the station calmly, with a burning desire just to see his companion’s face. Right, when the professor opens the door of the station there goes Hachi in cloud nine! Just as a kid who rejoices at the sight of his missing mother. They accompany each other back home after a tough tag game. This every day’s pursuit exchanged into a habit. Hachi’s Ueno stays excited throughout his train journey and opens the station’s door in search of his four-legged friend sitting in front just to receive him. Days passed by, their bond changed into fairy tale legend.
The curve starts when Hachi believes he will meet his unreturned friend one day. The death of the professor at his workplace was a neglected fact by his halted friend. Hachi sat in front of the station every day for the next nine years hoping that his wish to glimpse at his boon companion will come true someday.
Hachi is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner. According to the natives of Japan, they comfort themselves by joining their statues saying that this friendship could have already resumed in heaven.
We live in a world were we always tend to run behind something and were we utterly fail to look back on what is really after us. The passionate and unquestionable love and faith are unquenched with money and power but can be quenched with an act of kindness and affection.
(Hachikō (ハチ公, November 10, 1923 — March 8, 1935) was an Akita breed born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. Hachikō died on March 8, 1935 at the age of 11. He was found near the train station in a street in Shibuya. In March 2011, scientists finally settled the cause of death of Hachikō: the dog had both terminal cancer and a filaria infection.)