twin towers may no longer grace the New York skyline, but they still
can be viewed in Japan, albeit a scaled down version of the originals.
The detail of the towers and the plaza and the commotion of people
moving about below is striking though, and preserves an interesting
three dimensional snap shot of the area.
At Tobu World Square in Tochigi prefecture in Japan, about an hour
and a half by train from Tokyo, there are 1/25 scale miniature versions
of famous monuments and architectural works from around the world.
With over 102 structures, from the past and present, you can wind
your away around the globe and through history. From the Statue
of Liberty to the Egyptian pyramids to the Great Wall of China,
there are structures from 21 countries, including 42 UNESCO World
The little details are fun to check out as there are over 140,000
miniature model people designed to match their surroundings. Some
of these will even move around and do special things when activated
at select areas with one of the playing cards sold at the park.
If you look closely there are a variety of artistic touches in the
scenes around the structures, such as a person being written a ticked
by an officer, a caravan of camels silhouetting the desert skyline,
and a movie being filmed in the Forbidden City in China. Complementing
the scenery around the buildings are sculptured shrubbery and an
impressive array of bonsai trees to match the tiny surroundings.
The theme park is divided into six main areas: Modern
Japan Zone, America Zone, Egypt
Zone, Europe Zone, Asia
Zone, and Japan Zone.