Hidesaburō Ueno

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Hidesaburō Ueno
Statue of Hidesaburo Ueno.jpg
The statue of Hidesaburō Ueno in Tokyo
Born January 19, 1872
Hisai, Empire of Japan
Died May 21, 1925 (aged 53)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Agricultural scientist
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 Hidesamurō[1] was an agricultural scientist, famous in Japan as the guardian of Hachikō, a devoted dog.

Life and career[edit]

Grave of Hidesaburō Ueno and grave of Hachikō (right stele), located at Aoyama Cemetery (青山霊園) Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo

He was born in Hisai-shi (present-day Tsu), Mie Prefecture. In 1895, he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University's agriculture department, and in the same year, he entered graduate school to study agricultural engineering and farm implement research. He finished his graduate work on July 10, 1900, and he began teaching at 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. Technology of the arable land readjustment was used for the imperial capital revival, after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake.

In 1916, he became Professor of Imperial University at the university agriculture department, and he 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 1925 while he was giving a lecture.

Loyal dog Hachiko[edit]

His dog, Hachikō, became famous for waiting for him every day at the train station even though he had already died. The dog continued to do so until his own death, nine years later. Hachikō is buried beside 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.

See also[edit]

Hachiko waits by Leslea Newman


  1. ^ 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.

Further reading[edit]

  • Skabelund, Aaron Herald (2011). Empire of Dogs: Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World (A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Columbia University. ISBN 978-0-8014-5025-9. 
  • Skabelund, Aaron Herald (23 September 2011). "Canine Imperialism". Berfrois.com. Retrieved 28 October 2011.