A seventy-year-old mystery concerning the cause of death for Japan’s most illustrious canine has been finally solved.


The dog’s undying loyalty to his owner was forever captured in a 2009 Hollywood movie, Hachi: A Dog’s Story, which  starred Richard Gere.

Hachiko would go every day to wait at Shibuya train station for his master, who was a professor at the University of Tokyo. For more than a decade after the professor died, and in fact every day until the dog died in 1935, he traveled to the station to greet his master.

For the residents of Tokyo, the dog’s loyalty was moving and it needed commemoration. They erected a statue dedicated to his memory that stands today at the train station. It remains a popular meeting spot.

Hachiko seeped into pop culture as well and he became the hero of several Japanese children’s books.

University of Tokyo veterinarians have dismantled the legend surrounding his death, which claims that the dog swallowed a chicken skewer that ruptured his stomach. They have determined by examining his innards which ahd been preserved that the animal died of that the famous dog died of cancer and also a filaria infection (worms).

“Hachiko certainly had yakitori given by a street vendor at Shibuya, but the sticks were unrelated to his death, and the rumour is groundless,” said veterinarian, Kazuyuki Uchida

A sad ending for a most loyal pooch whose every life’s breath was devoted to his master.

Here’s to you Hachiko, wherever you may be!

(Clink of glass.




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.