Hachiko: A Dog's Story.
In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life Hachikō saw him out from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting.
Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he did not see his friend among the commuters at the station.
The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
This continued for 10 years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station
From the 1987 film Hachiko monogatari (a.k.a. Hachi-ko). Wonderful movie that tells the true story of an Akita's devotion to his master. Hollywood did a remake (called Hachiko: A Dog's Story) starring Richard Gere which has been released in Japan. I comes out in the U.S. on December 18, 2009.
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60 Earth Hour 2009.
8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009 !!!
Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 28 and sending a powerful global message that we care enough about climate change to take action.
The History of Earth Hour
On March 31st, 2007, for one hour, one city made a powerful statement about the urgent need for action on global warming, by turning off it's lights.
Earth hour 2007 brought together families, businesses, local councils and Hollywood stars.
2.2 million people in Sydney, Australia, turned off their lights.
Earth hour went global in 2008.
Earth hour 2008 brought together 35 countries and over 370 cities.
Toronto, Canada, Suva, Fiji, Phoenix, USA, New York, USA, Rome, Italy, Televise, Israel, Casey Station, Antarctica, Christchurch, New Zea land, Chicago, USA, Canberra, Australia, Copenhagen, Denmark, San Francisco, USA, Manila, Philippines, Atlanta, USA, Sydney, Australia...
More than 10,214 news articles were generated and 24,958 Earth hour blogs were created, and it is estimated that globally, 50 million people took part in Earth Hour 2008.
Help us make Earth Hour 2009 even bigger!
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