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Empire of Dogs: Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World

Aaron Herald Skabelund


In 1924, Professor Ueno Eizaburo of Tokyo Imperial University adopted an Akita puppy he named Hachikō. Each evening Hachikō greeted Ueno on his return to Shibuya railway station. In May 1925 Ueno died while giving a lecture. Every day for over nine years the Akita waited at Shibuya Station, eventually becoming nationally and even internationally famous for his purported loyalty. A year before his death in 1935, the city of Tokyo erected a statue of Hachikō outside the station. The story of Hachikō reveals much about the place of dogs in Japan's cultural imagination. This book examines the hist ... More

Keywords: dogs, Ueno Eizaburo, Akita, Hachikō, Shibuya railway station, Japan, imperialism, dog breeding, dog keeping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450259
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Herald Skabelund, author
Assistant Professor of History, Brigham Young University