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 '16 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. – Michael Hampton May 15 '16 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.) – jpatokal May 15 '16 at 21:04
  • Misread it due the angle and the typeface: it's actually 是. – jpatokal May 16 '16 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. – jpatokal May 16 '16 at 7:32
  • true, I haven't read that part, i thought it is just about the location. Sorry. – Nean Der Thal May 16 '16 at 7:36

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