In the universe of coffee table books, there must be one about airports of the world.

The intrepid author would have traveled to major airports of the world, taken photographs, picked images that best described the country visited.

The Denver airport has a blue bronco statue reared up in an open area as you drive to the terminals. The Dallas Airport has a bronze statue inside of President G.W. Bush. The Albuquerque Airport has Zuni turquoise jewelry and Indian Anasazi pottery. The Detroit Airport has photographs of Henry Ford and industrialization in the early 1900’s.

This Narita Airport in Tokyo has stylized Samurai warriors, gentle and inscrutable Asian women holding fans partially obscuring their emotions, upscale shops with duty free items for world travelers. There are a few English words on signs to help visitors, but the scribbles on signs reminds you that you are halfway around the world that is dark when you usually turn on your coffeemaker and let the dogs out. 

Somewhere in this airport, there must be a Memorial to those who died at Hiroshima, victims of the world’s first nuclear explosion. 

Next stop is Manilla, Philippines.

The statue in the airport there should be of the Ali/Foreman prize fight, but will probably be a ten foot tall rooster with gold feathers and sharp talons.

 

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