ONE PIECE to the rescue!

Jinbe is the most recent addition to the Kumamoto Straw Hat Statue Crew! Pic credit score: Kumamoto.Guru

ONE PIECE’s one and solely Jinbe has joined the merry Straw Hat Pirate crew in Kumamoto!

If your first thought is cosplay, assume once more.

Kumamoto Prefecture is definitely slightly well-known for housing at least ten beautiful ONE PIECE statues amongst which Jinbe is simply the most recent addition.

The gargantuan Jinbe statue was erected final month, on July 23, 2022, on the Sumiyoshi Kaigan Koen seaside park in Uto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyūshū.

Earlier in April 2022, it was revealed that the Jinbe statue can be put in in July 2022, with the exact date pending affirmation. Regrettably, we didn’t comply with up in a well timed method, however we consider that excellent news isn’t late in coming, so we’re about to rectify the error!

Straw Hat Pirates’ Quest for Kumamoto

How come there are such a lot of well-known ONE PIECE pirates in Kumamoto?

The purpose is of a considerate, beneficiant nature. Scilicet, the statues had been erected to spice up the prefectural restoration efforts following the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.

Given that the ONE PIECE creator Eiichiro Oda is from Kumamoto City, it’s no marvel that he and the writer Shueisha teamed up with the Kumamoto authorities to assist the stricken prefecture recuperate within the wake of the catastrophe.  

A collection of actions commenced instantly after the tragic occasions, with the ONE PIECE statue initiative promptly chiming in. The Kumamoto Revival Project has been abuzz with exercise ever since, with the mangaka donating ¥800 million for the prefectural reconstruction efforts.

The gesture was promptly revered; Oda was granted the People’s Honor Award by the Kumamoto authorities in 2018.

The Straw Hats and the Castle  

Truth be instructed, even with out the Mugiwara Pirates, Kumamoto has loads of sights to show. The Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto-jō) alone is attracting myriads of delighted vacationers with none assist from Luffy and the corporate.

Sadly, the Castle wasn’t spared, both: it was severely broken within the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. While some parts have been repaired, the whole restoration works are anticipated to conclude no earlier than 2036.

The beautiful Kumamoto Castle advanced (熊本城) earlier than (left) and after (proper) the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. Not solely does the Castle have a formidable historical past, however it is usually a preferred cherry blossom viewing spot throughout the sakura blooming season (Hanami). Pic credit: Exotravel, Spoon-tamago

With luck, the Kumamoto Straw Hat Pirates will encourage additional initiatives to step up the reconstruction. With One Piece Film: Red regularly breaking its personal world report, maybe not all hope is misplaced!  

In reality, the prospect simply is likely to be extra optimistic than it might appear at first.

Namely, sixty-six people together with the scholars of the native Shokei University’s Faculty of Contemporary Culture performed analysis on the matter between October 2019 and January 2020, in line with The Mainichi.  In August 2020, the researchers promptly reported that the Kumamoto Luffy statue alone had managed to bolster the native economic system by ¥2.6 billion (ca. $24 million) in simply two years!

Pirates merely should reside as much as their repute and Luffy is main by instance!

Where to seek out the Straw Hats in Kumamoto?

While Jinbe is overlooking the Uto seaside, different pirates are scattered elsewhere within the prefecture.

It’s been 5 eventful years for the reason that first Straw Hat Pirate appeared in Kumamoto. The first statue to have been erected was Luffy’s; it was put in in Kumamoto City on November 30, 2018.

Monkey D. Luffy is guarding the doorway to the Kumamoto Prefectural Offices in Kumamoto City. Pic credit score: The Mainichi/Kohei Shimizu

Luffy is ‘guarding’ the doorway to the Kumamoto Prefectural Offices. The actual handle is: Kumamoto Prefectural Offices, Suizenji 6 chome 18-1, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 862-8570.

Luffy was solitary for practically a whole yr earlier than “Black Leg” Sanji and Usopp joined him.

Sanji is joined by the Kumamoto Prefectural mascot bear Kumamon (kuma (熊) means “bear” in Japanese, in case you had been questioning). Pic credit score: The Mainichi/Hayato Jojima

The statue of Sanji was unveiled on December 7, 2019, whereas Usopp’s was put in on the next day. Sanji graces Mashiki — the city that sustained the heaviest earthquake injury in 2016. The statue is positioned within the athletic park behind the Mashiki Gymnasium.

The actual handle is: Mashiki-machi Koryujoho Center, Kiyama 236, Mashiki-machi, Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto 861-2242.

The “Aso station prowler” Usopp makes it not possible to miss him! Pic credit score: Mainichi/Kentaro Mori

Usopp stands guard in entrance of the Aso Bus Station, proper subsequent to the Aso Roadside Station. The location was effectively chosen; passengers from each stations are sure to be waylaid by the Syrup Village pirate as quickly as they arrive!

The actual handle is: JR Aso Station, Kurokawa, Aso, Kumamoto 869-2225.

The “Cotton Candy Lover” Chopper greets the Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens’ guests. Pic credit score: Twitter, @newworldartur

The Tony Tony Chopper and Brook statues got here subsequent. They had been revealed on November 7 and eight, 2020, respectively. The “Cotton Candy Lover” graces the doorway of the Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

The actual handle is: Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Kengun 5-chome 14-2, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto 862-0911.

The dinosaur-loving “Soul King” disturbs the tranquility of the Fureai Hiroba Park. Pic credit score:

The “Soul King” is perched in the midst of the Fureai Hiroba Park, near the Mifune Dinosaur Museum.

The actual handle is: Fureai Hiroba, Kinokura 1253, Mifune, Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto 861-3204.

Takamori Station commuters are fortunate certainly to be greeted by the “Iron Man Franky! Pic credit score:

Franky’s statue was unveiled subsequent to the Takamori Station in Aso on November 21, 2020. The “Iron Man” is greeting commuters identical to Usopp.

The actual handle is: Takamori Station, Takamori, Takamori, Aso, Kumamoto 869-1602.

Nami is having fun with her cattish self amid vibrant orange timber within the village of Nishihara. Pic credit score: Kumamoto.Guru

The Nami statue is positioned within the village of Nishihara amid vibrant orange timber, as is more likely to swimsuit the style of the “Cat Burglar.”  The statue was unveiled close to the Moe no Sato Mt. Tawara Exchange Center on July 31, 2021.

The actual handle is: Moe no Sato Mt. Tawara Exchange Center, Komori 2115-3, Nishihara, Aso-gun, Kumamoto.

The Nico Robin statue is conveniently positioned inside the Kumamoto Earthquake Memorial Museum. Pic credit score: Fiction Horizon

The “Light of the Revolution,” unpredictable Nico Robin bought her Kumamoto statue on October 9, 2021. Being an archaeologist, it’s only becoming that her statue is positioned inside the Kumamoto Earthquake Memorial Museum (previously The Minamiaso Tokai University campus).

The actual handle is: Tokai University — Minamiaso Campus, Kawayo, Minamiaso-mura, Aso-gun, Kumamoto 869-1404.

Roronoa Zoro is occupying (actually!) Central Park in Ozu. Pic credit score: One Piece Fanpage Pinterest

The Roronoa Zoro statue was unveiled on January 22, 2022, in Ozu. The “Pirate Hunter” is gracing Central Park, so it’s tough to miss him!

The actual handle is: Ozu Central Park, Ozu 1156-3, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto 869-1233.

Finally, the “Knight of the Sea” Jinbe statue (pictured on high) is perched within the Sumiyoshi Kaigan Park, alongside the primary highway resulting in the Amakusa area.  

The actual handle is: Sumiyoshi Kaigan Park, Sumiyoshi-machi, Uto City 3162-1.

Quite befitting of the Straw Hat Pirates, to be throughout the place! Even although visiting all of their Kumamoto statues might appear to be an arduous activity, at the very least you’ll get waylaid when getting off the bus!   

Remember the Kumamoto Castle’s plight, too! Contribute by shopping for a drink or a snack. Every little is a achieve!

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