I’m a huge fan of Tokyo’s tacky Tiki Gods (3Yen / 2011-05-27) that you can find hanging out on the streets of many neighborhoods here including my own (see right). So, you can imagine my excitement to see the following report of The Lost Moai of Miyagi.
Chile to replace tsunami-hit Miyagi town's lost Moai
Japan Times | August 22, 2012
The Chilean government is planning to give a stone replica of an Easter Island Moai statue created by Chilean artisans to Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was hit particularly hard by last year's earthquake and tsunami….
…Chile gave a Moai replica to Minamisanriku in 1991 to promote friendship between the two countries. The city was chosen to receive the statue because it had been affected by a tsunami triggered by a powerful 1960 temblor in Chile. That statue was destroyed by last year's tsunami…
Miyagi’s Moai of 1991 was quite a looker…a very handsome god as can see for yourself in the official USGS photo below.
A traditional Moai statue from Chile (Easter Island/Rapa Nui) was donated to the people of Minamisanriku at the 30 year anniversary of the 1960 Chile tsunami which caused hundreds of deaths in the township—USGS PCMSC:Tsunamis and Earthquakes: Pre-tsunami Japan, 2010; Minamisanriku
Learn more about Japan’s Tiki fetish on our previous Moai posts:
• ‘Dumb Dumb, get me some Gum Gum!’ (3Yen / 2007-03-15)
• Shibuya’s Moai-Tiki god stolen by Lupin! (3Yen / 2009-12-08)
• Borat’s Moai/Tiki-gods in Tokyo (3Yen / 2007-05-27)
• The faux MOAI in of Miyazaki, Japan (3Yen / 2010-07-07)