Meet Hachikō, a dog so faithful that he became a national symbol of loyalty in Japan. Every day, the Akita would wait at the train station for his owner, a college professor, to come home. One afternoon, Hachikō’s human didn’t get off his train to greet the pooch—he had died at his office. For the next nine years, Hachikō made his daily trip to the station to patiently wait for the owner who would never return.

In our video above, see Hachikō’s story and learn how Tokyo still honors the dog, 81 years after his death.

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