Where is this statue? I couldn't locate it via Google or TinEye:

little girl with books on seesaw outweighs fat man with Game Boy

Also, is the Arabic text in the article an accurate translation of those characters?

Japanese wisdom - Zarif statue in Japan .. your size is not the true weight of the fat in your body, but the size of the thought in your mind

  • From that russian site found with google search by image: https://fotostrana.ru/public/post/232614/969949603/, the picture is in China: english translation
    – mouviciel
    May 15, 2016 at 20:53
  • @mouviciel That is most certainly not the original image. The one given in the OP is dated 11 September 2015, while the lower-quality Russian repost is dated 4 March 2016. May 15, 2016 at 21:00
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    The text on the center post of the statue is in Chinese, not Japanese. (Most characters are illegible at this resolution, but the use of 之 is a dead giveaway.) May 15, 2016 at 21:04
  • Misread it due the angle and the typeface: it's actually 是. May 16, 2016 at 6:32

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This statue is in Heihe (黑河), Heilongjiang, China, on a riverside promenade on the south side of the Amur River, opposite the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk to the north. Here's a random visitor's album of other sights in the vicinity, and here are a few more views of the statue:

http://www.qyhbds.com/Product/xiaoyuandiaosu/3068.html http://www.mychery.net/forum/bin/ut/topic_show.cgi?id=1675339&h=1&bpg=1&age=0

The inscription reads "知識就是力量" (知识就是力量 in Simplified Chinese), or "Knowledge is power", a reference to Francis Bacon's famous phrase and much pithier than the Arabic article claims.

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    @HeidelBerGensis I think you're reading a bit too much into this? The OP asked if the text is "an accurate translation of those Japanese characters", and the answer to that question is that no, it's not. May 16, 2016 at 7:32
  • true, I haven't read that part, i thought it is just about the location. Sorry. May 16, 2016 at 7:36

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