Other Facilities Related to Sister Cities

Kinjo Pier, Nagoya Port

The area surrounding Port Messe Nagoya on Kinjo Pier, Nagoya Port, contains roads named after Nanjing, Los Angeles, and Mexico. In addition, it is the location for a statue of a kirin (mythical white tiger) presented by Nanjing and a figure of a Tula presented by Mexico.

Nagoya International Exhibition Hall: "Postcard from Sydney," painting by Ken Done (Sydney, donated 1995)

This painting by renowned Sydney-based artist Ken Done, was presented by the city of Sydney to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the sister city affiliation, and is exhibited in the second floor lobby of Building 2 in the Nagoya Congress Center. Ken Done's many activities include designing the programs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Nagoya International Center: "Expression of Los Angeles"(Los Angeles, donated 1999)

This is a picture donated in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the sister city affiliation with Los Angeles. It is in the assignation house lobby on the side of the first conference room.

Higashiyama Zoo : "Pixiu (Winged Lion) " (Nanjing, donated 2003)

This sculpture was presented by the city of Nanjing to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sister city affiliation. The giant figure is 2.9 m tall and weighs 5 tons. The pixiu is a mythical ancient Chinese creature that was said to avert misfortune, and forms the design of Nanjing's city crest. This pixiu from Nanjing is staring fiercely into space, just as if it really were protecting Nagoya against evil.

Tsuruma Central Library: "Angel" (Los Angeles, donated 2004)

This figure was presented by the city of Los Angeles to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the sister city affiliation. The angel, which is the symbol of Los Angeles, is painted with images of Nagoya envisaged by students at a Los Angeles art school. It stands in the entrance to Tsuruma Central Library.

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens : "Turin's Plate" (Turin, donated 2007)

This is a ceramic plate presented by the city of Turin to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It was installed in the Garden of Higashiyama Botanical Gardens.

It is a replica of the ancient plate exhibited in the stateroom of the royal palace of Turin, and has a picture of the Villa Della Regina on the hills outside the city of Turin.

Children's Area of Meijo Park: Three Pieces of Playground Equipment (Turin, donated 2010)

This equipment was presented by the city of Turin to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the sister city affiliation. It was installed in the children's area of Meijo Park. On sunny days, children can be seen having fun with the playground equipment.

Higashiyama Zoo: " Stone of the Four Suns " (Mexico City, donated 2012)

This monument was presented by Mexico City to commemorate the 35th anniversary of its sister city affiliation with Nagoya. The monument was used as the base platform for a sun-god sculpture. In Aztec creation myth, after the gods created the universe came four long ages, each with their own sun. Each side of this monument depicts animals corresponding to a sun: the ocelot (earth), monkey (wind), turkey (fire), and fish (water).

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