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The 10 'One Piece' statues in Kumamoto

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By Imtya Rahmi Lazuardini

Kumamoto is the hometown of Eiichiro Oda, the beloved author of the hit manga and anime "One Piece." To celebrate this connection, Kumamoto Prefecture proudly showcases a collection of "One Piece" statues dedicated to the iconic main characters of the series

Each of the One Piece statues has ties to the area’s cultural, historical and social fabric. They were installed for the One Piece Kumamoto Revival Project, a collaboration with Eiichiro Oda and the city to embody resilience and hope after the devastating earthquakes that hit the region in 2016.

Let’s explore the characters and the reasons behind their placements.

Monkey D. Luffy

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Luffy’s statue embodies resilience during adversity. Image: Imtya Rahmi Lazuardini

Located prominently at the Kumamoto Prefectural Government Office entrance is a statue of the renowned Monkey D. Luffy, leader of the Straw Hat Pirates. Easily accessible in the heart of Kumamoto City, Luffy’s statue depicts him standing confidently, adorned with his signature straw hat and a wide smile, symbolizing his indomitable leadership and courage. Luffy’s statue embodies resilience during adversity and the importance of taking courageous strides when confronting challenges.

6-18-1, Suizenji, Chuo Ward, Kumamoto - Map

Sanji

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Sanji is here to lend a helping hand. Image: Imtya Rahmi Lazuardini

Vinsmoke Sanji’s statue stands tall in Mashiki Sports Park, just before the running track. The sports hall next to the statue had become an emergency shelter for months. Not far from there, a popular culinary school was also destroyed. That’s why Sanji is here to lend a helping hand. His presence offers support during this challenging time.

236 Kiyama, Mashiki, Kamimashiki, Kumamoto - Map

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