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.
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.
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.