International Friendship Monuments
Around the World
My database currently contains information on ____ international friendship monuments around the world. Here is a preliminary selection, grouped by category and rank ordered within each category by date of dedication. (NB: I consider all sister city monuments to be international friendship monuments.)
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Click here for peace & international friendship monuments initiated by Rotary International.
Click here for website of Sister Cities International (SCI).
Click here for website of Friendship Force International (FFI), Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
International Friendship Bells:
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December 11, 1960 - Yokohama Friendship Bell, Shelter Island, San Diego, California, USA. Gift from sister city Yokohama (Japan) to the City of San Diego. Cast by Masahiko Katori [1899-1988]. 1961 - "Japanese temple bell of peace and friendship," near Judicial Building, State Capitol grounds, Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Gift from Prefecture of Yamanashi (Japan) to the State of Iowa in gratitude for agricultural relief in 1959. 1962 - Kobe Bell, near Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Center (former world's fair grounds), Seattle, Washington, USA. Gift from sister city Kobe (Japan) to the City of Seattle at time of the Seattle World's Fair (also know as the Century 21 Exposition). October 3, 1976 - Korean Bell of Friendship, Angel's Gate Recreation Center, 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, California (USA). Near Los Angeles (whose sister city in Korea is Pusan). Gift from Korea to the people of the USA for the US bicentennial. 1986 - Pacific Bell, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). Cast by Masahiko Katori [1899-1988]. Dedicated Yasuhiro Nakasone, Prime Minister of Japan. Date? - Sapporo Bell, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA. Gift from sister city Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan) to the City of Portland. Cast by Sotetsu Iwazawa in Kyoto (Japan). May 3, 1996 - International Friendship Bell, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Represents 50th anniversary of the City of Oak Ridge. Paid for in part by contributons by the people of sister city Naka-Machi (Japan). Only inscriptions on the bell are the dates of Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and VJ Day. Bell cast by Sotetsu Iwazawa in Kyoto (Japan). Pavilion designed by Professor Jon Coddington.
Other International Friendship Monuments:
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April 8, 1975 - Tower of Friendship, Bagac (Philippines). Built by Rissho Kosei-kai of Japan. Dedication coincided with date on which Rissho Kosei-kai celebrates the birth of the Buddha Shakyamuni, founder of Buddhism. Date? - Statue of Diana (The Huntress), Union Depot (1889), Pueblo, Colorado, USA. Copy of Fuente de la Diana Cazadora (1942) in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City. Gift from sister city Puebla (Mexico) to the City of Pueblo. 1991 - Japanese Stone Lanterns, on bank of Snake River, Idaho Falls, Idaho (USA), home of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The two lanterns are a gift from sister city Tokai-mura (Japan), home of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). May 17, 2007 - The Sister City Plaza, Municipal Building, Broadway & Canyon, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Plaza pavement contains mosaics representing and naming six sister cities: Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Jalapa (Nicaragua), Lhasa (Tibet), Mante (Mexico), Yamagata (Japan), and Yateras (Cuba).
"Pearl of the Pacific" Monuments (POTP)
Four POTP monuments in four Pacific Rim Parks in four different countries:
Click here for website of Pearl of the Pacific (POTP).
1994 - Vladivostok (Russia). 1998 - San Diego, California (USA). 2001 - Yantai (China). 2004 - Tijuana (Mexico).