Written by: Jei Beltrano
Published on: January 22, 2022 at 14:46 PHT (GMT+8)
The statue of One Piece's Roronoa Zoro has been unveiled on Saturday morning at Ozu Central Park in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. The program was live-streamed on ONE PIECE's Official YouTube channel.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by the designated officers and officials of the revival project and the Kumamoto Prefectural Government Office.
The unveiling is part of the ONE PIECE Kumamoto Revival Project which was started by the manga series creator Eiichiro Oda last 2016 that aimed to help his home city Kumamoto reconstruct after it was struck by two big earthquakes. After the reconstruction, Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima and his office gave their biggest gratitude to Oda for its generosity and started building the Straw Hats statues across the entire Kumamoto.
Watch the unveiling program here:
Several statues were already unveiled since 2018 and are as follows (via Wiki):
Monkey D. Luffy - Unveiled in November 2018, Located at the Kumamoto Prefectural Government office.
Sanji - Unveiled on December 7, 2019 in the town of Mashiki.
Usopp - Unveiled on December 8, 2019 in front of Aso Station.
Tony Tony Chopper - Originally scheduled for March 28, 2020. Unveiled on November 7, 2020 at the main gate entrance of the Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
Brook - Originally scheduled for March 29, 2020. Unveiled on November 8, 2020 at Fureai Hiroba Square in Mifune Town.
Franky - Unveiled on November 21, 2020 at Takamori Station.
Nami - Unveiled on July 31, 2021 in the Nishihara village.
Robin - Unveiled on October 9, 2021 on former Tokai University Campus in Aso.
Roronoa Zoro - Unveiled on January 22, 2022 in Ōzu.
Statues yet to be unveiled:
Jinbe - Scheduled to be unveiled in summer 2022.
Source: ONE PIECE Official Twitter