Statue Of Liberty

31 Aug

Everyone knows the symbol of America, the Statue Of Liberty (or the full name: the Statue Of Liberty Enlightening The World, or in Japanese 自由の女神像 (which would translate to Statue of the Liberty Goddess).

But many visitors to Japan are surprised to see the 自由の女神像 (Statue of Liberty) in Tokyo. Like the one in NYC, it was a gift from France.

I’ve seen the one in New York and, of course, the one in Tokyo (pictured above)…but I was surprised to learn (from this Wikipedia site: in English or 日本語) that there replicas of the 自由の女神像 (Statue of Liberty) all over the world.

How many of them have you seen?

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Wanna see some more various photos that I’ve taken at different times / places around Tokyo?

靖国神社 (Yasukuni Shrine):

ミルクスタンド (Milk stand) at a train station. (If you buy a drink at one of these, it comes in a glass bottle. You stand there and finish the drink, then return the bottle. You’re not supposed to walk off with the drink):

In a supermarket:

The 大船観音 (Oofuna-Kannon) statue near 鎌倉 (Kamakura):

The first Hard Rock Cafe, Tokyo in 六本木 (Roppongi). When I came to Japan, it was the only HRC in Japan. Now there’s eight or nine around Japan, including two more in Tokyo (well, one of those isn’t actually in Tokyo…the Hard Rock Cafe, Narita Tokyo is in 千葉県成田市 (Narita, Chiba) near Tokyo.

Actually, I don’t eat at HRC.

At 三渓園 (Sankeien Gardens) in 横浜 (Yokohama):

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4 Responses to “Statue Of Liberty”

  1. bartman905 September 1, 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    >> How many of them have you seen?

    We have seen only the Statues of Liberty in Odaiba and NYC. We were in Paris many years ago but missed the statue … next time then.

    >>The 大船観音 (Oofuna-Kannon) statue near 鎌倉 (Kamakura)

    We have been to Kamakura before, but missed this statue … next time then.

    >> Actually, I don’t eat at HRC

    I have the same exact picture :-). Actually, we don’t eat at HRC cafe either, but we did have dinner at Tony Roma’s next door (great ribs!)

    >> At 三渓園 (Sankeien Gardens) in 横浜 (Yokohama)

    We have been to Yokohama, but missed this garden … next time then (again).

  2. tokyo5 September 1, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    >Actually, we don’t eat at HRC cafe either, but we did have dinner at Tony Roma’s next door

    I’ve eaten at the HRC a couple of times…but never went inside that Tony Romas (or any Tony Romas, for that matter).

  3. Mom September 3, 2008 at 4:38 am #

    Hi, I never knew that about all of the Statues of Liberty either. do they all look exactly the same? I guess that is really a nice gesture from France. maybe it is their way of sending a msg of peace and liberty to their friends.

    you have put so many great photos of different places in Japan and I have spent at least the last hour or so reading through the site. it is really very interesting too.

    we need to make another trip over before I forget everything we visited on our last trip. there is so much to see that we could probably spend at least a month to visit more. it is such an interesting culture and so different than America. I never realized what it felt like to be a “foreigner” until we stayed with you. of course, the Japanese are very hospitable and friendly but nevertheless we were foreigners and we got many looks from people who seemed surprized to see us. even when we went to Australia w/ Gr’ma when I was young, I was called a foreigner by the kids at their school when we went with our cousins, but I guess because we looked pretty much the same we didn’t feel much different. but then all of the kids at the school thought we were all “fat Americans”! and they would follow us home calling us that and telling us to go home! actually, they called us “yankees” and that was the first time anyone ever called me that, and the last time too. and by American standards we weren’t fat, but by their standards we were and they weren’t shy about telling us! but inspite of all that, we enjoyed our visit very much esp. after gr’ma let us stay home from school after that incidence. we were on our summer vacation anyway.
    well, sorry if I am babbling on, but this just brought up some memories for me.

    how are the 3? did #1 choose a school yet? and are they all back now? give everyone our love pls.

  4. tokyo5 September 4, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    Mom…

    Wow. Long comment! Thanks.

    >Hi, I never knew that about all of the Statues of Liberty either. do they all look exactly the same?

    I’ve only seen two. But I’m sure they are all the same.

    >you have put so many great photos of different places in Japan and I have spent at least the last hour or so reading through the site. it is really very interesting too.

    Thanks. Leave comments often!

    >we need to make another trip over

    Yeah! Come visit Japan again. It was Dec 1997 when you came here…Tokyo’s changed alot in the past eleven years.

    >it is such an interesting culture and so different than America.

    True.

    >the (Australian) kids at the school (in Australia) thought we were all “fat Americans”!…by American standards we weren’t fat

    You have never been fat! By any standards.

    >how are the 3?

    All three of my kids are fine!

    >did #1 choose a school yet?

    No, the oldest hasn’t taken her high school entrance exams yet.

    >are they all back now?

    Back to school? Yes, the first day back from Summer holidays was Monday, Sept 1…but the same school year (America starts a new school year after summer break, but in Japan the new school begins in April).

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