Contributions for the Hanako Statue Have Come to a Close
The contributions for the erection of a bronze elephant statue in memory of Hanako began August 30th, 2016 and came to a close March 31st, 2017.
We would like to express our great appreciation for all of those who have made contributions towards the realization of this project.
The statue will be placed in front of the North exit of Kichijoji Station and is scheduled to be available for viewing starting May 5th, 2017.
Inokashira Park was given to Musashino’s Kichijoji by the emperor and within the park is a zoo exhibiting many types of plant and animal life. In 1954 an Asian elephant was obtained from Thailand, named Hanako, and raised ever since. In 2013, Hanako was the oldest Asian elephant in Japan and loved by everyone. 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of Inokashira Park and would have been the 70th birthday of Hanako.
Unfortunately, Hanako died at the age 69 on May 26th,2016. Following this tragic death, not only Musashino citizens, but people from all around visited leaving flowers and expressing their grievances.
In order to commemorate the 69 years of beloved memories, Musashino has decided to erect a bronze statue depicting Hanako.
Kichijoji Hanako Statue Placement Execution Committee Office
（Musashino city hall, Industry Promotions Section）