• Kyodo


A statue of Hanako, Japan’s best-loved elephant, was unveiled Friday during a ceremony in front of Kichijoji Station in the western Tokyo suburb of Musashino.

“The statue is more lifelike than I expected and it is as if I am seeing her again,” said Masaru Sugishita, a 44-year-old resident who visited the zoo from time to time. “It is a good thing her memory will live on also in the form of a statue.”

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