Paris' Statue of Liberty On Holiday

photo: 'liberty' by night, toyko
The Statue of Liberty, illuminated by night in Toyko.

Makiko Suzuki Sends Photos
from Toyko Bay

eMails from Makiko Suzuki, via the Post and Internet:

Hi Ric,

Wednesday, 7. October 1998:- Do you still remember me? I hope so!

Well, you know that your Statue of Liberty is still enjoying her vacation in Japan. She is located near Tokyo Bay, and my boyfriend and I are planning to visit her next Friday.

She is illuminated at night, so I think I can take her photos both at night and in the afternoon. Shall I send you some of them if they are successfully developed? I wish I could take a digital camera; my brother-in-law has one, but I am not sure yet how to use it, and I don't want to make mistakes.

I made a contract with a new translation agency. The translation fee that the new agency offers is almost half that of the other firm's, but I can't help it. The economic crisis is at its peak here.

Sorry, no good news except for a 'Liberty' tour!

Friday, 23. October 1998 :- I did go to see the Statue of Liberty last weekend. I took quite a few photos of her, and am developing them this afternoon. I will send the good ones.

I am sorry to say, however, that you cannot expect thephoto: fujisawa stamp photos to be good; the weather was just awful. The Typhoon No.10 was coming, and it was raining in torrents!

In fact, I am a 'Rain Woman' - it has nothing to do with Dustin Hoffman's "Rain Man" film - whenever I go out, it often rains! On the other hand, a friend of mine is a 'Sunny Woman,' and when she goes out, it is always sunny. We once tried to meet each other to see how the weather would be. The result was - cloudy!

My boyfriend reserved a room at Le Meridian, a brand-new hotel in the Bay Area of Tokyo. We had a very delicious Italian dinner. After dinner, we enjoyed a digestif in the bar at the top of the hotel, but we could not enjoy the night view very much due to the weather.

Thursday, 29. October 1998:- I don't think you are attacked by any typhoons in France. There is a definition for a typhoon, but I don't know what it is exactly. It is something like a tropical low pressure that has more than a specified size. Then it is called a 'Typhoon.'

Unlike hurricanes, our typhoons have only numbers. When the US governed Japan after WW2, some typhoons had names like 'Typhoon Jane,' but now they are just numbered. 'Typhoon No. 10' - which means it is the 10th typhoon which was born - if that's the word - and attacked Japan this year.

I have just sent you two photos of the Statue, and they're on the way to France. You'll receive them shortly, I hope. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask me.

Take care, Makiko

Photos and text: Makiko Suzuki©1998

photo: 'liberty' by day, toyko
Paris' Statue of Liberty, overcast by a typhoon sky in Toyko.

Paris Can't Have Everything

Bonjour Makiko,

Paris:- Saturday, 31. October 1998:- The two photos arrived today, after only four days flying time in snailmail. The daytime shot with the typhoon shows a sky about the same as the one we have here today, although there are - officially - no typhoons in France.

Thanks for keeping Metropole in mind for these photos of Paris' 'Statue of Liberty.' I can't find the message you wrote at the beginning of the year to say that this is France's 'Year' in Japan, and a symbol of it is the extended holiday that the 'Statue of Liberty' is having beside Toyko Bay.

This statue, is a small reproduction by Collas - of Bartholdi's statue of 'Liberté éclairant le monde' - which is known as the 'Statue of Liberty.' The original is in the entry of the harbor of New York.

This 'reduction' in Paris normally spends its time on the Ile aux Cygnes, which got the name because Louis XIV populated it with a flock of them. The statue stands on this island in the Seine just south of the Pont de Grenelle, facing the Maison du Radio - facing away from the high-rise skyline of the 15th arrondissement's river-front.

Although one source says it was inaugurated on 12. May 1885, another says it was not done until 1937. The problem was that the President of the time refused to do it in a boat - which was the only way it could be done to its face - which is apparently the rule for statues.

About the only people who see the statue regularly in Paris, are motorists speeding along the river's right-bank Georges Pompidou speedway, and these often do not have time for sightseeing due to the racing nature of the traffic.

If it is early Sunday morning, it can be a pleasant drive; loafing along right beside the river. If you are watching for the first sight of the Tour Eiffel, you will see Paris' 'Statue of Liberty' first. But not this year.

Regards, Ric

Ed's Note:Makiko Suzuki has written for and to Metropole before. As an early reader she contributed:Japanese Lessons in Paris - 'They Ate My Pet and Other Stories About Love' in issue 1.29 and - The Last of the 'Isagiyoi' Plays 20 Years in Paris - 'Porn in Japan is Psycho in Paris,' which was in issue 1.35 in 1996. Early the following year she wrote about missing luggage in an eMail headlined,'Bombayed Underwear.' Makiko lives in Fujisawa, Japan and does not care much for typhoons.

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