Brave Dog "Bunchan"

Hello, how are ya?? Otaru became cold but, are you all right?

I told you about "Bunkou" a litte last time so, I'll tell you in detail today. 95 years ago, a fireman saved a puppy in the ruins of a fire. This puppy's mother died to guard the puppy from a big fire. A fireman looked for someone who could bring up the puppy but many people had lost their own house. That's why it's difficult to find master soon. Then, the fireman decided to have the puppy in the fire station. The puppy was named "Bunkou" and many people called him "Bun-chan". "chan" is Japanese friendly style. He loved dried herring. (Dried herring is specialty of Otaru.) He was active in the scene of fire, for example he helped to carry hose always and barked around rope which is drawed to keep people separate from fire. His article appeared on newspapers many times. He became quite famous all over Japan and he've gotten lots of letters and cards. He finished his life when he was 24years old. Now you can see a stuffed "Bunkou" in Otaru museum(annex. Former Otaru warehouse) In addition, you can meet him in front of Canal plaza as bronze statue of "Bunkou".

He rode fire engine over 1,000 times!! (This photo is on statue.)

You can read the book about "Bunkou" at the cafe in Canal plaza.

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