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 was placed in front of the North exit of Kichijoji Station 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 was raised in Musashino. 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.

Musashino erected this bronze statue depicting Hanako in order to commemorate the 69 years of beloved memories.

Hanako Statue Contributions

We collected contributions towards the bronze statue of Hanako the Asian elephant from August 30th, 2016 through March 31st, 2017 and the total amount is as listed below. Contributions were put towards the creation of the statue and the collection of funds. All remaining money will be applied to future management and maintenance costs to ensure its beauty can be enjoyed by future generations as well.

Total contributions

¥18,168,079

Statue creation

¥13,628,324

Fund raising

¥1,022,439

Future management & maintenance

¥3,517,316

Overview of Statue

Completion

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Placement

In front of the North exit of Kichijoji Station

Size

L2.5m x W0.8m x H1.5m

Weight

650kg

Pose

Welcoming all familiar faces

Sculptor

Aki Fueda with Nagae company from Toyama prefecture’s Takaoka

Creation period

August 16th, 2016 through May 5th, 2017 (roughly 9 months)

The below picture is of the statue on the day of revealing

除幕式当日の「はな子」像

Inquiries

Kichijoji Hanako Statue Placement Execution Committee Office
(Musashino city hall, Industry Promotions Section)

sec-seikei@city.musashino.lg.jp