One Piece Cosplayers Promote Creator's Hometown by Giving Away Oranges

posted on 2011-12-12 18:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Members of NPO give away 5,000 oranges in city of Kumamoto

Approximately 20 members of the Japanese non-profit organization Grand 12 handed out mikan (mandarin oranges) on the streets of Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture on Saturday while cosplaying as characters from Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. Kumamoto is Oda's hometown.

The organization handed out the 5,000 mikan for free to help promote the town, which is known for its mikan. All the mikan distributed were grown in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Grand 12 is currently hosting pictures from the event on its website.

In Oda's One Piece pirate manga, the character Nami, who grew up near a mikan grove, brings mikan trees on board the Straw Hat pirates' ship.

Source: Nishi Nippon Shimbun

Image via Nishi Nippon Shimbun

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