Japan

Japan has no long tradition of erecting equestrian statues, and the earliest one dates from 1897. In total I was able to trace some 35 examples. The only concentration of equestrian statues is in Tokyo, where there are five. The other statues can be found all over the country. Most of them at the bottom of castles and, quite remarkably, on the squares in front of train stations. I do not know how to explain this. However, given the high reliability and frequency of the Japanese rail system, this made it easy to find them by using the train! Finding the other statues in the countryside by car was much more difficult, as the satellite navigation system in Japan is based on finding an address by using the telephone number. Unfortunately equestrian statues do not have a telephone.