Omiya is a city north of Tokyo and south of Utsunomiya, many people who work in Tokyo live up in Omiya because it's a-little-bit cheaper. I have passed through Omiya on my way too and from Utsunomiya many times but have never stopped. This past Sunday I had a free day and decided to visit. When I got to the station I took the east exit and the first thing I noticed was a statue of a squirrel.
The name of the statue is Toto-Chen, I'm not sure what the history of this is but the first thing I thought of when I saw it was 'wow, what a mess people have made with Mcdonald's garbage'. But the second thing I noticed was this statue seems to be the less 'squirrel-fu' version of this drawing by my brother many years ago.
There is also a train museum in Omiya, I will put a post up about that soon.