Statue of "One Piece" Character Unveiled in Quake-Hit Town
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Mashiki, Kumamoto Pref., Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held Saturday to unveil a statue of a character from popular manga series "One Piece" in a Kumamoto Prefecture town pounded by powerful earthquakes in April 2016.
The statue of Sanji "will give courage and hope to the town hit hardest by the quakes," Hironori Nishimura, mayor of the town of Mashiki in the southwestern Japan prefecture, said at the ceremony. He expressed eagerness to attract visitors and disseminate the charm of the town.
The statue was built as part of efforts to support reconstruction from the quakes. The author of One Piece, Eiichiro Oda, was born in Kumamoto.
The height of the golden statue of Sanji, excluding its pedestal, is some 180 centimeters, as described in the manga series.
Mashiki was chosen as the location to establish the statue of Sanji, a chef in One Piece, as local schools could not provide sufficient meals to children for some time after the quakes.
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