A number of monuments donated to the City of Nagoya by each of its sister and friendship cities can be found in the Hisaya-odori Park, running north to south in the central Sakae district in Nagoya, where plazas have been created to commemorate Nagoya's sister city affiliations. Why not stroll through this urban oasis, complete with water fountains, abundant trees, and flower beds, and learn about Nagoya's sister and friendship cities?
Los Angeles Plaza
The Los Angeles Plaza is located on the north side of the Central Bridge and is home to a number of monuments and a sign pointing out Los Angeles.
1 Los Angeles Rocks (donated in 1977)
The Los Angeles Rocks are from the Alabama Hills in central California and are said to be 180 million years old. The rocks were donated to commemorate everlasting friendship and exchange between the City of Los Angeles and the City of Nagoya and are located at the most southerly end of the Sister and Friendship Cities Commemorative Plaza.
2 Friendship Patterns (donated in 1979)
This grand cement wall sculpture is the work of renowned Californian artist, Dora De Larios, and was presented to the City of Nagoya to commemorate twenty years of sister city relations. The tiles in this abstract mural are designed to harness sunlight to create a shadowy effect upon the work's surface.
3 Mann's Chinese Theater Plates (donated in 1984)
Donated in 1984 to mark the sister city relationship's 25th anniversary, these plates are replicas of those on display in the front-garden of the famous Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Each plate features the handprints, footprints and autograph of a movie star. Place your hands over the handprints of actors and actresses such as Marilyn Monroe ("The Seven Year Itch" and many other classics) and Clark Gable (who played the character of Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind") and see how they compare.
On top of the large monument centrally-located in the Los Angeles Plaza is a statue of a bald-eagle, the national bird of the United States of America.
4 Walk of Fame (donated in 1990)
A replica of the famous "Walk of Fame" sightseeing attraction in Hollywood. Donated in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the sister city affiliation, the Walk of Fame consists of 25 stars engraved with celebrity names, embedded in the path. In Nagoya's Walk of Fame you can see the names of 25 celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn (who starred in numerous hits such as "Roman Holiday") and Sylvester Stallone (who shot to fame in "Rocky"). Gaze at the stars and name the movies they each starred in.
5 Frolicking Angel (donated in 2009)
A work of Wayne Healy, a famous artist active in Los Angeles, presented in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of sister city affiliation. It is a commemorative plate featuring 7 pictures of Los Angeles from long ago, and focused on a picture of an angel dancing through the clouds. The angel expresses how enjoyable it would be to become an angel in heaven, and through its design, emphasizes Los Angeles as a delightful place overflowing with energy. The 7 pictures were taken in 1930s and 1940s Los Angeles, and demonstrate the historical side of Los Angeles.
Mexico Plaza is located north of Los Angeles Plaza and is also known as Recreation & Relaxation Plaza. Three large statues in this plaza tell the story of the friendship between Nagoya and Mexico City. All of the statues here are replicas of precious treasures that are exhibited in Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology.
6 Aztec Calendar (donated in 1978)
This is a replica of the Aztec Calendar, the centerpiece in Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology, created by the Aztec civilization that founded their ancient empire in Mexico. The center of the calendar features the Sun God, around which there are concentric circles decorated with intricate designs and abstract motifs. The calendar demonstrates their religious outlook on the universe and advanced knowledge of astronomy. Be inspired by the mysteriousness of the Aztec culture.
7 Coyolxauhqui (donated in 1980)
This is a replica of a stone monument sculpted in the 15th century depicting the Moon goddess, "Coyolxauhqui". The original giant stone disk was found at the Templo Mayor, the Great Temple of the Aztecs, which was built in the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City. The carvings on the stone reflect the Aztec belief that the moon was defeated in battle by the sun every month and also portray the dismembered body parts of "Coyolxauhqui", according to the legend. At first sight it's difficult to see what is depicted on the stone clearly, but stare at it for a short while, and the image of "Coyolxauhqui" will appear.
8 Warrior of Tula (donated in 1978)
Tula, 65km north of Mexico City, once prospered as the ancient capital and cultural heartland of the Toltec Civilization. This statue is a replica of a pillar which supported a ceiling inside a pyramid in Tula. The figure is adorned with a feather headdress and a butterfly crest characteristic of the Toltec civilization on its chest. It also carries weapons and personal belongings and has a belt fastener on its back which bears an image of the Sun god's face. Original statues can be seen at the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology or at the Tula ruins. Make sure you come and see this brave and proud Toltec warrior statue.
Nanjing Plaza is located to the south of River Park and north of Mexico Plaza. Inside the plaza you will find two towering white pillars, commemorative entrance monuments, erected on either side of the path. These majestic and mysterious monuments will overwhelm you and make you feel like you are visiting the ancient Chinese capital of Nanjing.
9 Hua Biao Obelisk (donated in 1980)
This pair of stone pillars is a type of commemorative structure that was used in ancient China at Palaces and imperial tombs and is equivalent to "torii" (an archway to a Shinto shrine) and "komainu" (a pair of stone-carved guardian dogs at the gate of a Shinto shrine) in Japan. There is a sacred beast on top of each pillar to ward off evil spirits. These monuments are replicas of a 6th century Liang Dynasty structure located in the suburbs of Nanjing City.
Sydney Plaza lies at the northernmost end of Hisaya-odori Park. In the northern part of Sydney Plaza visitors can see a replica anchor from H.M.S. Sirius, a gift from the City of Sydney, and several native Australian Acacia mollissima trees planted around the anchor.
10 Anchor of H.M.S. Sirius (donated in 1990)
This is a replica of the anchor used on the H.M.S. Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet which traveled from England to establish a colony in Australia. The anchor is an important symbol for Sydney and is featured in the City of Sydney's Coat of Arms. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be one of the first immigrants to Australia?