'Reunited' Hachiko statue unveiled at Todai
The Japan News -- Mar 10
A new statue that depicts the faithful dog Hachiko being reunited with his owner has been unveiled at the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Agriculture in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.

The statue re-creates the scene of a joyful Hachiko leaping to greet his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno (1871-1925), a pioneer of Japan's irrigation engineering and rural planning.

Ueno was a professor in the agricultural department at the then Imperial University of Tokyo, now the University of Tokyo. About three years ago, volunteers - including Todai professors studying the relationship between people and animals - started collecting donations to erect the statue.

主人の死後、渋谷駅で10年間もその帰りを待ち続けたという忠犬ハチ公の新たな像が8­日、東大農学部(東京都文京区)のキャンパス内にお目見えした。飼い主だった上野英三­郎・東京帝国大農学部教授に飛びつく場面を再現したもので、関係者は「大好きな教授に­やっと会えて、うれしそうな表情だ」と目を細めた。

News sources: The Japan News, Kyodo
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