This is really amazing!
KUMAMOTO – A statue of cartoon character Luffy from megahit comic and animated TV series “One Piece” was unveiled Friday in front of the Kumamato Prefectural Government building.
The 174-centimeter-tall statue, matching the height of Monkey D. Luffy, the main character in the story, has been erected to commemorate author Eiichiro Oda’s reception of a prefectural honor for his support of the region’s rebuilding efforts following major earthquakes in 2016.
Oda, who hails from the city of Kumamoto, expressed hope in a statement that the Luffy statue will help draw visitors to the prefecture. Following the disaster, he provided illustrations for local railway cars and donated ¥800 million ($7.1 million) to the prefecture under the name of Luffy. “We are thankful for his great contributions. Just like Luffy, we will never give up, and move forward to reach our dream despite the adversity caused by the quake,” Gov. Ikuo Kabashima said at the unveiling ceremony.