Hachiko comes alive in  “Pawprints In Japan”

Looking for a way to bring this emotional story to life? Hachikō book, “Pawprints in Japan” is perfect for remembering such a loyal, loving dog.

“Pawprints In Japan” is an enthralling Hachiko book and sure to capture your heart. Painstakingly researched and written by long-time dog lover and Akita owner, Nicholas C. Rhoden. I was recently contacted by Linda Wroth, who shared this book with me. Linda is mentioned in the preface, and is an Akita owner who is devoted to the well being and history of the Akita dog.

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Exploring dogs in myth and history, Rhoden’s expanded collection of four award-winning articles were previously published in The Akita Journal. Each of the original articles won “Best Article of the Year in a Single-Breed Magazine,” awarded by the Dog Writers Association of America.

The first chapter is “Hachi-ko, the Loyal Dog—and the Forgotten Story of an American Tribute.” I learned many details about Hachiko’s life — the kindness of Professor Ueno’s  former gardener, Mr. Kikuzaburo Kobayashi and by the Director of Shibuya Station, Mr. Chuichi Yoshikawa.

Prior to Hachi becoming famous, the shopkeepers and locals were generally indifferent towards him. An exception was the famous stage and screen star Yoshiko Kawada who would visit him as a friend.

Learn how Hachiko became known as the protector of the “underdog!”

Rare Photos Unveiled

Included are rare photos of Hachi and a map of Tokyo showing the exact spots that Hachi frequented. We can see the actual distance from Shibuya Station, Profesor’s Ueno’s home, the University, Hachiko’s gravesite and other locations of interest.

Through this visual, we get a clearer picture of Hachi’s everyday life can feel as if we’re with him.

Numerous little known details of Hachiko’s life is uncovered. On Sunday, April 14th, the Los Angeles Times reported a ceremony attended by the ex-mayor of Los Angeles, Consul General of Japan Mr. Tomokazu Hori and a little girl named Elizabeth Hansen at St. Mary’s Japanese Episcopal Church.

In honor of Hachiko, Elizabeth led a famous Airedale named Kentucky Boy lll (the most decorated dog in the US, he was the recipient of 16 medals for heroism) to the platform and officially turned over the containers of pennies, nickels, and dimes contributed by American and Japanese-American school children all over the Southland.

The other three chapters are equally fascinating: “Helen Keller: Saint of Three Burdens and the Forgotten Story of Her Akitas—First in America”, “Myths and Legends of the Dog in Ancient Japan: Demon or Demi-God?” and “Taro and Jiro: The Never-to-Be-Forgotten Story of an Incredible Survival—and the Untold Story of an Omen.”

A special treat is the over 70 fascinating photographs of Hachiko, Helen Keller with her Akitas, and Taro and Jiro —  the courageous dogs of the Antarctica dog sled team with an incredible survival tale.

Reading this book made me feel even more respectful of Hachiko and Akitas for their lasting imprint on our hearts.

Do you have any questions about Hachiko’s life? While Pawprints in Japan is no longer available, I call author Mayumi Itoh “Hachiko’s Official Biographer.” Her book “Hachiko: Solving Twenty Mystery About The Most Famous Dog In Japan” covers everything you ever wanted to know about the loyal Akita. Check it out!

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BruceB
BruceB
2022 years ago

Vicki is always so considerate of all the Hachi fans by giving us information on books pertaining to Hachiko. I would have likely never heard of this book, it will be on my seek and purchase list. Hachi is smiling at you Vicki, for your devotion to his memory.
I have been with my 2 Shiba Inu (Sebastian & Copper) for 2 years now, and can see why the Japanese people bond so closely with their dogs. I tell them often about Hachi. They seem to understand! 🙂
Thanks so much , and wishing you the best.

Vicki
Vicki
2022 years ago

Hi Bruce,
“Pawprints in Japan” really brings the Hachiko story to life! The author, Nicholas C. Rhoden, writes in a warm, intimate manner that is sure to endear. Glad to hear Sebastian and Copper continue to bring you joy.
Best, Vicki

Denny
Denny
2022 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Hai all,
I just want to know how to buy or get The Pawprints in Japan book, because i lived in Jakarta Indonesia. I really love Hachi and hope oneday i would have one akita”s in my house.

Yulia
Yulia
2022 years ago
Reply to  Denny

Hi I am going to Jakarta June 17. If you like I can purchase for you.

Denny
Denny
2022 years ago
Reply to  Denny

Dear Yulia,
Thanks for your kindness. If you dont mind, please purchase me one. It would be great to have it. Anyway, how much do i pay to you and how.
Best regard,
Denny

Linda Wroth
Linda Wroth
2022 years ago

Wow, Vicki! Thank you so much for your kind words about Nicholas’s book!! I just wanted to mention the money from sales of the book all goes to benefit Akitas, including health and rescue, through the Akita Club of America. Best, Linda

BruceB
BruceB
2022 years ago

Vicki, this is just so precious, who ever created it has a tender heart.
I wanted to share it with you and all loyal Hachi fans.
Sebastian and Copper would approve.
http://cheezburger.com/4508683008

BruceB
BruceB
2022 years ago

Vicki, this is just so precious, who ever created it has a tender heart.
I wanted to share it with you and all loyal Hachi fans.
Sebastian and Copper would approve.
http://cheezburger.com/4508683008

Mary M.
Mary M.
2022 years ago

I just learned about Hachi and your wonderful movie last week on Christmas from a neighbor, and by divine or canine (dyslexic atheist joke!) coincidence, I found the DVD the next day! Since then, I’ve been loaning the DVD to my co-workers and researching the real Hachi. My co-workers agree with me that we would like to have seen scenes of Cate, Andy, Michael and Ronnie visiting Hachi at the station through the years as the Ueno family did, and Carl the grumpy station master following Mr. Yoshikawa’s example by giving Hachi a storage room. Also, the Wilsons, Carl and… Read more »

Denny
Denny
2022 years ago

Hi Yulia,
If you already brought that book, please let me know.
Regard
Denny

Denny
Denny
2022 years ago

Hai all,
I just want to know how to buy or get The Pawprints in Japan book, because i lived in Jakarta Indonesia. I love Hachi and his story, very2 touch my heart and make tears flow.. Hope oneday i would have one akita”s inu like Hachi in my house. I deeply believe that Hachi is angel….My pray always for you, Hachiko

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