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Statue of elephant Hanako built in Tokyo www3.nhk.or.jp

posted by  Tanuki | 1 month, 3 weeks ago in Lifestyle

A bronze statue of Japan's oldest elephant, Hanako, has been unveiled at a train station in Tokyo.

About 300 people attended a ceremony on Friday in front of JR Kichijoji Station.

The Asian elephant was sent to Japan from Thailand in 1949 as a gesture of friendship. She was kept at a zoo in the city of Musashino where she was a popular attraction for decades.

Hanako died in May last year at the age of 69.