Hachiko’s Family Reunited 90 years after his Birth

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After many years, Hachiko’s family has been reunited! It’s been 55 years since professor Ueno’s common-law wife passed away, but they were recently joined together in Tokyo’s Toyama Reien cemetery.

 

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Professor Ueno’s common-law wife

Hachiko’s family descendants held a ceremony on May 19 to commemorate the event of Professor Ueno’s reunification with his wife.

Ueno had a bride chosen for him but they never married. He eventually met Yaeko, a tea ceremony instructor, and they set up a household in Shibuya Ward but never legally married due to his previous pledge.

After Ueno’s sudden death at age 53, Yaeko was not allowed to continue living in their home. She moved in with an acquaintance and gave Hachiko to a relative to be cared for.

Hachiko’s Family Relationships

Many believe that Yaeko had a poor relationship with Hachiko. However, 93-year-old Takeshi Ando, who created the second Hachiko statue at Shibuya Station, denied these claims.

His father, Teru Ando, who produced the first statue of Hachiko, often took the dog into his studio. Hachiko was old and weak and Ando could not capture a good pose.

But when Yaeko arrived to see Hachiko, the dog stood up energetically and ran straight toward Yaeko.  According to Takeshi Ando, his father made the statue from Hachiko’s appearance at that moment.

“It was wonderful how joyful Hachiko was when he saw Yaeko,” Ando junior said.

Hachiko’s Family’s Wishes

In later life, Yaeko told her family members, “I want my remains to be placed in the grave of my beloved Prof. Ueno when I die.” But devastatingly, her wishes were not honored, and she was laid to rest in another cemetery in Tokyo.

In 2013, which marked the 90th anniversary of Hachiko’s birth, Keita Matsui, a curator of the museum, and Prof. Sho Shiozawa of the University of Tokyo, 63, agreed to make Yaeko’s wish come true. Shiozawa heads a study lab established by Ueno, and was president of the Japanese Society of Irrigation, Drainage and Rural Engineering which manages Ueno’s grave.

After obtaining agreement from the descendants of Ueno and Yaeko’s families, and they began efforts to move Yaeko’s remains.

Hachiko's Family

Hachiko and Family

Adjusting Burial Rights for Hachiko’s Family

Shiozawa played a leading role with other interested people in negotiations with the Tokyo metropolitan government, which manages the cemetery. The team spent about two years adjusting the burial rights.

The great-grandson of Yaeko, Masami Takahashi, 65, attended the ceremony on May 19. He said:

“I was moved to think that love can transcend time. All my family members are glad.”

Matsui, who has studied Hachiko’s life for many years, expressed his deep emotion by saying:

“There’s also a shrine for Hachiko near the professor’s grave. The family is reunited for all time, and the story of Hachiko has reached a happy ending like a dream.”

(As reported in the Yomiuri Shimbun, June 10, 2016)

Hachiko’s family loved him and each other dearly, that much is clear. Although they’re no longer with us, their story lives on throughout the world!

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Thank you for supplying this precious information about the happy and just ending to the Ueno Family story……it is comforting to know that this unique trio has been reunited for eternity.

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I am so glad to hear more about the life of Hachiko and that he was joyful upon seeing Prof Ueno’s wife. I agree with Stacey, it is very comforting to know that they have been reunited for eternity.
Thank you Vicki for keeping the spirit of Hachiko alive.

Stacey
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I heard that there is to be the unveiling of a new statue of Hachi-ko’ and the professor on 9th October in New Jersey. Should be interesting!!

Sira Sudhindranath
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Stacey,
Do you have any links with the news about the Hachi statue in NJ? I couldn’t find anything on Google.
But I did notice this story – https://sputniknews.com/russia/20160530/1040483429/russia-dog-home.html

Vicki
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Hi Sira,
I found some information on the October 6th unveiling, and will add it to the blog!
Vicki

stacey
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Hello Sira,
lovely story, thanks for sharing it with us!

Ronald
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Ronald

This is a touching reunion of the family. It also feels good to know that we can share in the next generations that Hachi is not totally abandoned after the professor’s death. That Hachi still have a family with the gardener and professor’s wife.

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I just watched this film, American version. I wish I had seen original. It does appear his partner Yaeko is jealous of Hachi and I was sad she gave him away. This film is not true portrayal of what happened I don’t think. I would love to know more about this dogs life after his masters passing. I one day would like to go to Tokyo and see for myself also. Glad I found this thread 🙏🏻

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