12 life-size statues will be placed in various areas in the desert island
Yokosuka-city in Kanagawa Prefecture announced on May 20 that the name of Sarushima (literally means Monkey Island), a desert island in Tokyo Bay, will be changed to "Monkey D. Luffy Island" for a limited time of 105 days from July 8 to October 20, 2019.
This is part of the city and Kanagawa-based company Triangle's collaboration project with the One Piece anime franchise's 20th anniversary, named "Utagejima 2019 Manatsu no Monkey D. Luffy Tou" (Party Island: Monkey D. Luffy Island in Full Summer).
Sarushima is the only natural island in Tokyo Bay. Between the end of the Edo period and the World War II, it was used by Japanese Navy and Army as a strongpoint for defending against enemy attacks in the bay. The island is now maintained by Yokosuka-city, and has become one of the popular sightseeing spots in the area.
During the 105-day event period, various plans inspired by the One Piece world will be offered:
- 12 life-size statues of the One Piece characters will be placed
- Various famous scenes from the anime will be recreated with the AR (Augmented Reality) technology
- A replica of part of The Going Luffy-senpai ship will be built
- A giant panel of "Kobun Sakazuki" will be set up for photo shootings
- "Sarujima Ocean Kitchen" restaurant will offer collaboration menu including special BBQ dishes
"Utagejima 2019" main visual
Source: Yokosuka-city press release
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