In 1924, Hachiko was sent to Tokyo by to his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. Hachiko saw Ueno off from the front door each morning 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 station where his faithful Hachiko 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, as he had so many times before. Each day, Hachiko waited for Professor Ueno to return ... and each day he didn't see his master among the commuters at the station.
Hachiko became a permanent fixture at the Shibuya Station, attracting the attention of the regular commuters, many of whom remembered seeing Hachiko and Professor Ueno together each day. Realizing that Hachiko waited in vigil for his deceased 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 each evening, precisely when the train was due at the station.
Hachiko: The True 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 ancient Akita-ken, one of the most faithful breed of dogs which has ever existed.