JAPAN - Hachiko, the famous loyal dog, is familiar to millions of people who have seen his iconic bronze statue in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo. Now, a new image of the beloved canine has emerged-a photo believed to be the last ever taken of him in life.
The photo went on display Tuesday at a museum in Shibuya Ward.
In the 1934 photo, Hachiko is lying on the ground while a 1-year-old girl named Toyoko looks down at him from the arms of her father, local resident Motosuke Satake.
The little girl is now 80-year-old Toyoko Endo,The little girl is now 80-year-old Toyoko Endo,
In the photo, taken by a foreign missionary of a church in the ward, Hachiko looks sleepy. His eyes are almost closed, as he spent most of the time sleeping due to his weakened state in those days.
The bronze statue was erected in April 1934, while Hachiko was still alive. But few photos of him remain from the period between then and his March 1935 death. The newly discovered photo was taken on Dec. 30, 1934.
Keita Matsui, a curator of the museum, said: "The photo is considered the last one taken before Hachiko's death." The photo is being displayed in a special exhibition on Hachiko that runs through Jan. 13.