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An Enduring Friendship

May 21, 2006

In Japan, Mr. Crumpet eagerly sought out the famous bronze statue of Hachiko at Tokyo's Shibuya Station.

Hachiko was an Akita dog who always greeted his owner, Professor Eisaburo Ueno of Tokyo University, when he came home from work on the evening train. One fateful day in May 1925, Ueno died of a stroke at the university. For the next ten years up until his own death, Hachiko returned to Shibuya-eki each and every day to faithfully wait for his beloved owner's return.

"That's true loyalty, Orange Bear," says Mr. Crumpet. "Why, I don't think you'd wait five minutes for me."

Orange Bear wrinkles his nose. "Dead or alive?"

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