The location of the One Piece Jinbei statue has been determined for Uto. Pic credit: Kumamoto Revival Project website

The statue of Jinbei will be unveiled in July 2022 in Sumiyoshi Kaigan Park, Uto city, Kumamoto Prefecture, according to One Piece’s official Twitter handle.

Jinbei is the 10th member of the Straw Hat Pirates. With his statue erected in Uto, all the Straw Hats would be together in Kumamoto Prefecture to help rebuild.

The YouTube channel for the revival project has also launched a trailer showing the production process of the footage. A more detailed video will be made available at a later date.

What is the Kumamoto Revival Project?

In April 2016, a series of earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. The two most devastating quakes were 6.2 and 7.0 on the Richter scale. After the earthquakes, Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece and from Kumamoto Prefecture, donated 800 million for reconstruction and started the ONE PIECE Kumamoto Revival Project with the aim of inspiring reconstruction. In April 2018, the government of Kumamoto awarded Oda the “People’s Honor Award” to recognize his contributions to the relief effort.

Oda's message after the earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in 2016.
Oda’s message after the earthquakes hit Kumamoto Prefecture in 2016. Pic credit: Kumamoto revival project website

The Straw Hat Pirates “Hino Kuni” Reconstruction Arc

It is the statue construction stage of the project where statues of all members of the Straw Hat Pirates will be erected in various parts of Kumamoto Prefecture.

  • Monkey D Luffy- Unveiled on November 30, 2018 at the government office of Kumamoto Prefecture.
  • Sanji- Unveiled on December 7, 2019 in the city of Mashiki.
  • Usopp- Unveiled on December 8, 2019, in front of Aso station.
  • Axe- Unveiled on November 7, 2020, at the entrance to Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
  • Brook- Unveiled on November 8, 2020 in the city of Mifune.
  • Franky- Unveiled on November 21, 2020 in the city of Takamori.
  • Nami- Unveiled on July 31, 2021 in the village of Nishihara.
  • Robin- Unveiled on October 9, 2021 at the Kumamoto Earthquake Museum in the village of Minamiaso.
  • Zoro- Unveiled on January 22, 2022 in the city of Ozu.
  • Jinbe- To be unveiled in July at Sumiyoshi Kaigan Park in the city of Uto.

To further promote the project, Shueisha has decided to produce collectible mini figures of the statues of the Strawhats. The figures are expected to be released in July. More details are awaited.

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