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April 2017

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Spock the Hachiko...not.

More texting madness.

dissociate: I was randomly thinking about the story of that dog, Hachiko. Of course then I immediately went...OMG SPOCK OR SPOCK PRIME AS HACHIKO.
snowlight: ...I will show you Hachiko you infidel! That's just cruel.
dissociate: But the unswerving loyalty! Having to carry on for years after the death of the only one in the universe who--made you complete!~ IT'S SO SPOCK! (what)
snowlight: You know that being right does not make you any less of an infidel, right? Also, does this mean you are shipping that poor dog with the guy now?
dissociate: I wonder if humanoid alien/human is a kind of bestiality anyway....
snowlight: I think the biggest issue with goat sex is that animals lack the ability to consent. So NO, K/S IS NOT inherent beastiality you dirty dirty fan girl!
dissociate: It's not my fault, it's Spock's...yeah...
snowlight: I just realized I totally do not mind if somebody calls Spock Kirk's lapdog.
dissociate: Spock: Captain Kirk's pet Pekinese.

Hachikō (ハチ公?, November 10, 1923–March 8, 1935), known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公?, "faithful dog Hachikō"), was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, remembered for his loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner's death.

In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life Hachikō saw him out from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting.

Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he did not see his friend among the commuters at the station.

The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.

This continued for 10 years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.

In April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II. In 1948 The Society for Recreating the Hachikō Statue commissioned Takeshi Ando, son of the original artist who had since died, to make a second statue. The new statue, which was erected in August 1948, still stands and is an extremely popular meeting spot. The station entrance near this statue is named "Hachikō-guchi", meaning "The Hachikō Exit", and is one of Shibuya Station's five exits.

Each year on March 8, Hachikō's devotion is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance at Tokyo's Shibuya railroad station. Hundreds of dog lovers often turn out to honor his memory and loyalty.

Tomorrow is Hachiko Remembrance Day in Japan (well, our 7th is their 8th really). Waaaah, I wish I could go to JR Shibuya station again just to see the occasion.....





*wibble* Hachiko is seriously the cutest ever.

I don't know if even Spock can compare :T
It's not the cuteness I'm objecting to. It's the ANGST.