I was interested in the stories of Dogged Devotion [ Ft353:8-9], particularly the reference to the Japanese dog Hachiko, whose story every Japanese knows, as do many others around the world, thanks to the Richard Gere movie, which you referenced. I live in Tokyo and often pass through Shibuya station, the site of Hachiko’s devotion. There’s a statue of Hachiko just outside the station, at the famous scramble intersection. When you want to meet someone in Shibuya, you just say, “Let’s meet at Hachiko”. To recap the story, Hachiko walked to the station every day to meet his master returning from work, and they walked home together. After the master died and thus didn’t get off the train one day, Hachiko continued to go to the station every day at the same time, would wait for a while, and then go home alone. So he’s loved not just for his devotion, but because people feel sorry for him due to his 10 years of unrequited waiting.
However, I have another take on the story. I think that Hachiko was not so dumb. He went to the station every day for a reason – which was that his master did get off the train every day. That is, the man’s ghost got off the train every day. And then the two of them would walk home together. Bob Poulson Tokyo, Japan