Exhibition on Helen Keller, Hachikō Held in New York (News)


New York, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)—An exhibition on the little-known connection between Helen Keller and Hachikō, a faithful Akita-inu breed dog in Tokyo that waited for its owner's return home for years after his death, has been held at the Consulate General of Japan in New York.

According to the exhibition's planner, Yumi McDonald, an author living in the United States, Keller (1880–1968) was a big fan of Hachikō and brought back an Akita-inu with her after she first visited Japan.

A photograph of Helen Keller, on display at the Japanese Consulate General in New York, shows her at the rebuilt statue of Hachikō in front of Shibuya Station in 1948. (Taken on January 23, 2018; © Jiji)

Keller, a US social welfare activist, lost her sight and hearing as a baby due to an illness and also had difficulty speaking.

She kept various kinds of dogs from early childhood to her later years, finding delight in her interactions with animals.

At the time of her first visit to Japan in 1937, Keller, impressed by the story of Hachikō, declared that she wanted an Akita-inu, according to records.

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