Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Elvis Presley Statues Around The World: Fantastic

Roger Poh, a good friend, visited Japan in 2010 and found an Elvis Presley statue (image) standing in the Kobe Harbourland commercial complex in the city’s Chuo Ward.

This statue is the same one that had been at the Love Me Tender speciality store in Tokyo's Harajuku since 1987 but it was removed because the store had closed in January, 2009.
Former Prime Minister and avid Elvis Presley fan Junichiro Koizumi attended a special ceremony in August 2009 to unveil the Presley statue, after it was placed at this busy port.

The statue was originally paid for by the former prime minister, along with contributions from singer Akiko Wada, other celebrities and several hundred fans. Koizumi said that his love for Presley was sometimes handy to heal diplomatic relations.
Kobe, known as the birthplace of jazz in Japan, was chosen as the new location for the statue after locals campaigned to have it brought to the port city. Harajuku was chosen as the first site in 1987, 10 years after the passing of The King.
Presley statues can be found in the following places:

United States of America:
1. Tupelo -MS (bronze), 2/3. Memphis - TN (bronze), 4. Shreveport -LA (bronze), 5. Dallas - TX (stone), 6. Las Vegas - NV (bronze), 7. Honolulu - HA (bronze), 8. Bakersfield - CA (bronze), 9. Daytona Beach - FL (bronze), 10. Myrtle Beach - SC (sand), 11. Branson - MR (solid rock), 12. Dodgeville - WI (solid rock).
Other countries:
13. Nauheim - Germany (marble), 14. Friedburg - Germany (marble), 15. Genoa - Italy (wood), 16. Liverpool - England (bronze), 17. Gloucester - England (bronze), 18. Cracow - Poland (solid rock), 19. Madeira - Portugal (sand).

20/21. Tel Aviv - Israel (bronze), 22. Jerusalem - Israel (wood), 23. Casamance - Senegal (wood), 24. Kobe - Japan (bronze), 25. Bangkok - Thailand (bronze), 26. Auckland - New Zealand (marble), 27. Wycliffe Well Park - Australia (wood), 28. Adelaide - Australia (solid rock), 29. Melbourne - Australia (marble).
Just wondering, should we have a statue of Elvis Presley in Singapore too? No, it's a bit far fetched. Or put up one of a Singapore pop star?  😎

We don't even have a statue of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our first Prime Minister. Or should we? There are a few factors to be considered. But if there shouldn't be any at all why have the Stamford Raffles statue up? Logical question that needs an answer.


Image: Roger Poh Collection; Google.


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Roger said...

This is testament to his popularity across boundaries. Amazing!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Truly amazing Roger. I thought there are only 3 or 4 statues but 29. That's a lot!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Puiyee,
I have written to you regarding your request. The Silver Strings and I will assist you in any way we can.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

How many road names after Elvis?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Here's an old post revived. Hope it receives a revival. With lots of pictures added. And a thought to ponder at the end.