Hachiko the dog - better known as one of the most loyal pups in Japanese history - is the focus of a sweet new statue at the Univeristy of Tokyo.
Hachiko's loyalty touched the hearts of animal-lovers across the nation in the early 1900s when he devotedly waited at Japan's Shibuya Station for his human, Ueno, to come home from work every day as a professor at the University of Tokyo.
One day in May 1925, Ueno never returned home because he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage while working.
Hachiko couldn't understand why his human wasn't returning, so he continued going to the station to wait for him to come back every day for the next nine years.
This impressive loyalty warmed the hearts of people across the nation so much that several books and movies were made based on the bond between Hachiko and Ueno, reported One Green Planet.
A statue was already built in Hachiko's honor at the University of Tokyo of the dog patiently waiting for Ueno to return. While the statue's meaning is still moving, it fails to capture the joy Hachiko expressed every day when Ueno finally returned.
This expression of joy plays such a big role in making the story so remarkable that the University of Tokyo is debuting a new statue that pictures Hachiko and Ueno reuniting after a long day apart.
The new bronze statue on campus will be put up in March in honor of the 90th anniversary of Ueno's death and the 80th anniversary of Hackiho's passing.