80th Anniversary of Hachiko’s Passing: New Statue Celebrates Professor Ueno’s Professional Accomplishments

Hachiko’s owner wasn’t just some man who adopted a helpless puppy from the freezing cold. Professor Hisaburo Ueno had many scholastic accomplishments that often go unnoticed due to Hachi’s incredible story.

Hachi fans will be delighted to learn that on March 8th, a new statue with Hachiko’s owner will be unveiled. The bronze memorial will stand on the University of Tokyo campus where Hidesaburo Ueno (1871-1925), a professor of agriculture once taught.
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Hachiko, Shibuya Station (left), new statue (right), University of Tokyo

The most famous Hachiko statue is at Shibuya Station, and one of the most popular meeting places in Japan.  It depicts Hachiko patiently waiting for his master’s return.  The original statue was erected in 1934, but was melted down for its much-needed metal during the war.  It was replaced in 1948 and still presides over the Shibuya Station entry.

Hachiko’s Owner Accomplishments Honored With Statue

This latest statue, conceived by the Agricultural department of the University of Tokyo, highlights professor Ueno’s accomplishments in agricultural engineering. It depicts the joyful affection between the two friends. You can practically feel the love just by seeing this statue, as if Hachi is still there.

Overshadowed by the professor’s love of Hachiko, many fans are not aware of the scholastic and professional accomplishments of Hachiko’s owner, Professor Hisaburo Ueno.

This monument will highlight his considerable efforts in the rebuilding of Japan.

Professor Ueno’s advances towards the technology of arable land readjustment and drainage were utilized for the imperial capital revival after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake of 1923.

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Close-up of Hachiko’s new statue

A fundraising effort on the Internet raised about half of the targeted 10 million yen ($99,000) so far, and the group asked Tsutomu Ueda, a sculptor in Nagoya, to create a model for the statue. Ueda, 39, was thrilled about creating Hachiko’s sculpture.“I have loved dogs since I was very young and became familiar with Hachiko through movies and by other means,” said Ueda. “My biggest aim will be to convey a sense of connection between the two.”

“We insisted on a design that depicts the person (Ueno) and his dog looking into each other’s eyes and coveys the affection and bond between them,” said Sho Shiozawa, a professor of irrigation drainage and rural engineering at the university. “We hope the statue will become something of a mascot at the university and draw many visitors.”

What do you think of this statue and the honoring of Hachiko’s owner, Professor Hisaburo Ueno’s accomplishments? It truly is amazing how this pair was able to leave such a lasting legacy in their wakes.

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It feels good that they are finally together in a monument. For us Hachiko fans, this is the closure we need to feel that both of them are finally together in a statue. Professor Ueno must be a very kind person that Hachi did not even forgot him after 10 long years.

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Wonderful news! Is this the final form of the statue? I feel it will look even better if it is bronzed.

Vicki
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I believe the final statue will be bronze. Will post some photos when it’s unveiled. It’s nice to see Hachi and the professor captured in a happy moment!

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Vicki
Thank you so much for letting us know about this wonderful and special news, I would have not known about it otherwise.
And, as always my sincere thanks for this website about Hachiko. It is my homepage . Yeps, Hachi is glad to see the Professor , it is a very touching pose!

Sira Sudhindranath
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Sira Sudhindranath

This is not about “Hachi” the American version but rather the Japanese movie “Hachiko Monogatari” that was released in 1987.
Japanese classic film ‘Hachiko’ to screen in March – http://community.scoop.co.nz/2015/02/japanese-classic-film-hachiko-to-screen-in-march/
This is in Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. Perhaps we can get them to screen “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” as well? Students of cinema at the university might be able to compare the two versions as a project course.

Mary M.
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Mary M.

What a gorgeous, heartwarming statue showing the love between Hachi and Prof. Ueno!

Michael Sultana
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Michael Sultana

Hachiko will live on forever!!!

Ronald
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Ronald

Not only that Hachiko will live forever but he is now together forever with his master Professor Ueno and we can see him happy. I am really excited to see the final statue in pictures. When I will have a vacation in Japan next year, I will really try to see the new statue.

Puller
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Puller

They are buried in the same plot in Aoyama.

Sira Sudhindranath
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Sira Sudhindranath

The Prof. Ueno and Hachi statue is now open to the public. Here is an article with pictures and video!
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/03/09/hachikos-new-statue-is-now-open-to-the-public-and-weve-got-pictures-and-video-from-our-visit/

Sira Sudhindranath
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Sira Sudhindranath

Here is a video of the unveiling of the new Prof Ueno and Hachi statue:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BatTUqnx_8

Vicki
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Vicki

Hi Sira! As always, we appreciate your Hachi updates. Thanks for sending this video of the statue dedication. It truly captures their deep affection!

Carl King
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Song I wrote in tribute to Hachi.

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