It is April after all.
It is a rather nice morning despite the 15 cm (6 inches) of snow that is lying on the ground. But the sun is strong and even if it’s just above 0C (32F) the dripping from the roofs are intensive. This is what we swedes call a Springwinter day, snow on the ground but sunny and warm to bad I had to go through this when we already have had spring for quite some time 🙂 🙂 🙂 Well this is April so I guess this isn’t the last snow fall yet.
So what to do on a snowy Friday afternoon? I knew I shouldn’t have done it but I did it anyway, I looked at the movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. I remember the story from when I went to school. I had a teacher that every year before Christmas read a couple of chapters from a story throughout all of December. Every morning we sat there with the lights out, everyone with a candle burning at their desks, eating ginger breads and drinking Julmust. This was one of those stories she read to us.
I remember how we all tried to hide our tears, sobbing quietly trying to look as if we just didn’t care that much 🙂 🙂 🙂 I knew I shouldn’t have started to look at the movie, this time I didn’t have to look cool and didn’t either 🙂 🙂 🙂 I actually don’t remember the whole story but it felt like the movie was rather close to the story I’ve heard. It is a true story though. In 1924 a Tokyo university professor (Hidesaburō Ueno) found a stray dog and they became friends for life. Every morning the dog followed the professor to the train station and waited for him to come home every afternoon and then followed him home.
This continued until the professor suddenly died from a stroke while being at work (May 1925). Hachi continued to go to the train station (even though he got a new home) every day, just waiting there for his loved owner to come back. Hachi became famous after one of the professors students wrote several articles about him and people started giving him food. 1934 they made a statue of him and he was there himself seeing the unveiling of it 🙂 After have waited nine years he finally died (March 8, 1935. The movie says 1934 but that’s wrong). There is actually a recording when one can hear Hachi bark 🙂 and, (I’m not sure I like this) they stuffed him and he can be seen at the National Science Museum in Ueno.
The statue was melted down during the WW2 but remade 1948. I remember that I decided that I one day in life should get an Akita, the same breed Hachi was and it’s still not to late 🙂 I’m pretty sure my dogs just would run to the one giving them food if I suddenly never came home again 🙂 🙂 🙂
Have a great day!