Abbey Glen Will Receive Exclusive Reproduction of Life Sized Hachi-Kou And Professor Ueno Statue

9/30/2016

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Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park has been selected to receive an exclusive reproduction of the life sized Hachi-Kou and Professor Ueno statue recently unveiled in Japan at the University of Tokyo.

Hachi-Kou is a Japanese icon, and his story is an important part of Japanese culture. Hachi-Kou, a beautiful and faithful Akita, was given to his owner, Professor Ueno, at just eight weeks old. Local residents always saw Hachi-Kou and Professor Ueno, who taught Agricultural Engineering at the University of Tokyo, together and walking side by side. Hachi-Kou accompanied his master to the Shibuya train station and returned in the evening to greet him for their walk home. Professor Ueno died suddenly in 1925 from a cerebral hemorrhage, but Hachi-Kou returned to the same spot in front of the train station waiting for his master each and every day for nearly 10 years, until his own death in 1935. This story inspired the book "Reminiscence of Shibuya" by Yumi Hosono, as well as the Richard Gere film, "Hachi, A Dog's Tale". Hachi-Kou's legendary loyalty has made him the hero in many Japanese children's stories and he was immortalized with a statue dedicated to him in 2015, displayed at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science.

The meaning behind this statue aligns with Abbey Glen's mission – to memorialize the unique and valued relationships that exist between man and animal. The Abbey Glen team is honored to have been selected as the home for what is a true symbol of the human - animal companion bond. We know that the Abbey Glen team and all of the wonderful compassionate people whom we serve will enjoy the statue for years to come.

Abbey Glen will host a dedication and unveiling ceremony which will take place on October 9th at 12:00pm at Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park, with special presenters Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, the Consul General of Japan in New York City, along with Mrs. Yumi McDonald, the author of "Reminiscence of Shibuya". All are welcome to join in this special ceremony. For those interested in being a part of this historic event, please visit our donation page.