One Piece Creator Draws Special Art for Kumamoto's Coming-of-Age Day
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Monday marks Coming of Age Day in Japan, a day of celebration for everyone who turned 20-years-old within the last year. Festivities include dressing up in formal wear, attending a speech at the local government office, and partying with friends. Residents in Kumamoto Prefecture can also pick up a special gift from One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda.
Oda drew special illustrations for the newly minted adults with a written message on the back. The front shows Luffy and Chōpper promising to support the giftees for a life time. The back side reminds them that even though they can now do things like smoke cigarettes and drink, as adults they are now responsible for themselves.
The items will be handed out a ceremony at the Kumamoto City General Stadium and Youth Hall on February 8. The image and message will also be posted on the official Kumamoto Prefecture website after February 8.
Eiichiro Oda was born in Kumamoto and continues to support the area to this day. He designed boxes for the area's mandarin oranges and endorsed campaigns with One Piece merchandise ever since Kumamoto Prefecture suffered a damaging earthquake in 2016.