Mystery solved in legendary dog
Hachiko 's death
Scientists have settled a decades-old mystery by naming a cause of
death for Japan's most famous dog, Hachiko, whose legendary loyalty was
immortalised in a Hollywood movie,"Hachi: A Dog's Story,"(a remake of a
1987 Japanese movie),starring Richard Gere, in 2009.
University of Tokyo veterinarians say Hachiko died of cancer and
worms, not because he swallowed a chicken skewer that ruptured his
stomach as legend had had it.
Hachiko and the bronze statue put up at the Shiuya Station.
They said on March 3 after examining his innards that they found
Hachiko had terminal cancer and also a filaria infection and worms.
Four yakitori sticks remained in Hachiko's stomach, but they did not
damage his stomach or cause death, said Kazuyuki Uchida, one of the
The tale of the faithful dog
Each year on April 8, at a solemn ceremony in Tokyo's Shibuya
railroad station, hundreds of dog lovers do homage to the loyalty and
devotion of an Akita dog, Hachiko, faithful pet of Dr. Eisaburo Ueno, a
professor at Tokyo University.
Hachiko was born in Odate, Japan in November 1923, a white male Akita
dog. At the age of two months, he was sent to the home of Professor Ueno
of the Agricultural Department of the Tokyo University.
The professor's home was in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The
professor commuted to the agricultural department in Komaba and the
agricultural experimental station in Nishihara.
Tragedy struck on May 21, 1925, when Dr. Ueno did not return because
he had suffered a stroke and died at the university. Hachiko was
eighteen months old.
The next day and for the next nine years, Hachiko returned to the
station and waited for his beloved master before walking home, alone.
Nothing and no one could discourage Hachiko from maintaining his nightly
It was not until he followed his master in death, in March l934, that
Hachiko failed to appear in his place at the railroad station.
Hachiko was sent to homes of relatives or friends, but he always
continued to await his master, who was never to return, at the train
The fidelity of Hachiko was known throughout Japan, owing to an
article, "Faithful Old dog Awaits Return of Master Dead for Seven Years"
in the October 4, 1933 issue of Aashi Shinbun (Asahi News). Upon his
death, newspaper stories led to the suggestion that a statue be erected
in the station. Contributions from the United States and other countries
Today, the statue of the Akita, Hachiko, pays silent tribute to the
breed's faithfulness and loyalty.
A bronze statue of Hachiko was put up at his waiting spot outside the
Shibuya railroad station, which is now probably the most popular
rendezvous point in Shibuya. Hachiko was mounted and stuffed and is on
now on display at the Tokyo Museum o f Art
Hachiko, was also the hero of Japanese children's books.
A musical to keep
you in stitches from Colombo International School
The Junior Section of Colombo International School will present their
annual musical production, on March 24 and 25 at the CIS Auditorium. The
musical is produced and directed by Ms. Gopitha Kiribandara.
The cast in action at rehearsals.
The musical/choral director of the play is Mrs. Jayanthi Sivapragasam.
This year's production is a comical adaptation of the famous legend
of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
This time, however, they are nothing but a bumbling bunch of misfits!
When young squire Watt Cobblers is expelled from Knight School, he
reluctantly becomes Merlin's new apprentice. But trouble is never far
away, and soon Camelot Castle collapses into chaos. Merlin has lost
Excalibur, King Arthur's daughters have been kidnapped and his knights
have turned into farmyard animals.
Watt and his new found friends Dusty Dragon and wayward Princess
Alice set off on the biggest quest of their lives.
It remains to be seen if these unlikely heroes can rescue the
princesses, save Excalibur and defeat the evil Black Knight...
The answers are found in this magical production, where everyone is
guaranteed to sing a lot, dance a lot and laugh a lot... at Camelot!
As the performance date looms nearer, the cast and crew are happily
busying themselves with the rehearsals.
Winners of 'Learn
about America' essay competition - September 2010
1st Place: S. A. Dehin Samaraweera, Central College, Kuliyapitiya.
2nd Place: Hansika Wansatilake, Regent International College, Gampaha.
3rd Place: Nanduni UthpalaChandrasiri, Sussex College, Gampaha.
1st Place: Fathima Bushra Faris, Badi-ud-Din Mahmud Girls' College,
2nd Place: M. S. F. U. Hishor, Mahmud Ladies' College, Kalmunai.
3rd Place: Suwini Dileka Perera, Musaeus College, Colombo 7.
1st Place: Rilwan Saliheen Shariffdeen, St. Anthony's College,
2nd Place: K. G. Dulanka Chathurangani Koswaththa, Kaikawala Central
3rd Place: Yogarajah Kishanthaney, Paddiruppu Madya Maha Vidyalaya,