Walk away from Toyohashi station on the appropriately-named Ekimae-odori ("In-front-of-the-station big street") and you'll find cute and quirky statues lining the road, lending it some charm and character. There are mostly little children, playing games with each other and their toys and pets, and it's fun to imagine what they're saying to each other. A few minutes from the station at the intersection with Tahara-kaido, things get a bit grander, with a few classical statues of adult nudes, possibly the childrens' parents.
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I came to Japan from Manchester, England in summer 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I`m not working I write satire at www.iothern.blogspot.com and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check my youtube channel `CunningPunster` for a taste.