Bronze statues have been built in Japan since 1880s, several hundred between 1910 and 1935. Most of them were melted down during World War II for the production of ammunition, but today, we can find a replica of almost every prewar statue, plus new statues for more recent personalities.
What kind of personalities are depicted in the statues, and for what puropose?
These pages want to give an overview over the history of bronze statues in Japan as a distinct form of a modern personality cult.
Enjoy browsing photos of statues, sources relating to the history of certain statues, some of my publications on the history of bronze statuary in modern Japan, and other information.