“What a good dog you are. What a fine dog you are. Hachi, you are the best dog in all of Japan.” Professor Ueno speaks these words to his faithful dog before boarding the train to work every morning. And every afternoon, just before three o’clock, Hachi is at the train station to greet his... show more
“What a good dog you are. What a fine dog you are. Hachi, you are the best dog in all of Japan.” Professor Ueno speaks these words to his faithful dog before boarding the train to work every morning. And every afternoon, just before three o’clock, Hachi is at the train station to greet his beloved master. One day, the train arrives at the station without the professor. Hachi waits. For ten years, Hachi waits for his master to return. Not even Yasuo, the young boy who takes care of Hachi, can persuade him to leave his post. Hachiko Waits, a novel inspired by a true story, brings to life the legendary Akita who became a national symbol for loyalty and devotion. This is a must-read for dog lovers of all ages. Hachiko Waits is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Publish date: December 23rd 2008
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
Being a fan of Japanese culture, I've heard about the loyal dog names Hachiko, who waited for his owner everyday for ten years at the Shibuya Station but never was reunited with him, since I was very young. But it's been a long time since I've actually read anything inspired by the story. Until now,...
Nice story, specially for children because it teach things about Japan. And at the same time, I think that is it negative side, that it is too soppy and tries to include all Japanese things in a short story (I am only talking from an adult's perspective; for a child it will work perfectly).
*Worum geht's?* Professor Ueno und sein Akita Hachi sind ein Herz und eine Seele. Obwohl Ueno schon viele Hunde großgezogen hat, weiß er: Hachi ist etwas ganz besonderes. Noch nie ist ihm ein Hund begegnet, der so klug, so gut und so lieb war wie dieser. Eines Tages beginnt Hachi, sein Herrchen auf ...