The statue of Hidesaburō Ueno in Tokyo
|Born||January 19, 1872
Hisai, Empire of Japan
|Died||May 21, 1925 (aged 53)
|Known for||Being the guardian of Hachikō, a famous dog|
Hidesaburō Ueno (上野 英三郎 Ueno Hidesaburō?, January 19, 1872 – May 21, 1925), sometimes written as Ueno Hidesaburō was an agricultural scientist, famous in Japan as the guardian of Hachikō, a devoted dog.
Life and career
Hidesaburō Ueno was born in Hisai-shi (present-day Tsu), Mie Prefecture. In 1895, he graduated from Imperial University's agriculture department, and in the same year entered graduate school to study agricultural engineering and farm implement research. He finished his graduate work on July 10, 1900, and began teaching at the Tokyo Imperial University as an assistant professor. In 1902, he became an associate professor in the agricultural university.
He made efforts toward the education of technical experts in the field of arable land readjustment: studying drainage and reclamation engineering. The technology of the arable land readjustment was utilized for the imperial capital revival after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake of 1923. In 1916, he became Professor of Imperial University at the university agriculture department, and took charge of the agricultural engineering lecture. He provided a program of agricultural engineering specialization in the agriculture department. Ueno died of a cerebral hemorrhage in May 1925 while giving a lecture.
In popular culture
His dog, Hachiko, became famous for continually waiting for him every day at the train station even though he had already passed away and continued to do so until he himself died 9 years later. Hachiko is buried besides Professor Ueno in Aoyama Cemetery, Tokyo, Japan. A bronze statue commemorating the dog was set up in front of the Shibuya Station in 1934 a year before his death (March 8, 1935). His story has been subject of numerous books and films.
- In Tokyo Teikokudaigaku Jinjiroku 『東京帝国大学人事録』, the employment records of University of Tokyo, his name was written as Hidesamurō 上野英三郎.
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