Monday’s Monument: Friendship Statue, Macao, China

Monday’s Monument: Friendship Statue, Macao, China

Macao, a Portuguese colony for 450 years, was turned over to the Chinese in 1999, whence it became a special administrative region. Before the handoff, the Portuguese spiffed up the long-neglected old town, recognizing that the Chinese would be more willing to...
Monday’s Monument: Heiwa-zo, Nagaoka, Japan

Monday’s Monument: Heiwa-zo, Nagaoka, Japan

At 10.30pm on August 1, 1945, 125 B-29 bombers flew over Nagaoka, Japan in an air raid. About 163,000 incendiary bombs totaling 925 tons were dropped on the city in one hour and 40 minutes, burning down 80 percent of the city. It took four days to cremate all the...