Odaiba District in Tokyo
Odaiba is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. This area is in the reclaim island from the sea and has many attractive facilities , such as hotels, shopping malls, a Ferris wheel, game centers, parks and convention centers. This area also has many viewing spots and artificial sea shore. You can see beautiful Tokyo Bay Harbor and skyscraper buildings from Odaiba. History This place was once a fort with several big gun batteries built in the end of Samurai Era (mid 19 th century) in order to protect Japan from foreign occupation. This area has been continuosly reclamed and a lot of facilities have been built, such as hotels, condominium and shopping malls. As the number of residents are increasing, railway and monorail systems, roads, bridges and under sea tunnels have been constructed . This area will be the venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. *** I often go to this area to see some exhibits of IT related products and to participate in various seminars. These pictures were taken during the break of a seminar which was held in Nov. 7,2014.
Why is there another the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba?
This Statue of Liberty is a replica of the original Statue of Liberty borrowed by Japan form Paris, France in 1998 , in celebration of the Year of France that year. The opening ceremony was attended by the French President Chirac and the Japanese Prime Minister Hasimoto in April 28, 1998. This Statue became very popular and important to the town, so the community requested Paris to install a replica after the Statue of Liberty was returned to Paris. The French Government gladly sent a replica to Odaiba District, Tokyo. The replica was made with the same reproduction image, size of approximately eleven (11) meters height and approximately nine (9) tons weight of bronze manufactured by casting method. The replica was placed in the same place and was unveiled in December 22, 2000.