An unveiling ceremony for a bronze statue of Kobo-chan, the namesake of the "Kobo-chan" manga, was held in Tokyo on Monday.
The ceremony was held in the capital's Kagurazaka district, Shinjuku Ward, for the long-running four-panel manga that appears in The Yomiuri Shimbun's morning edition.
Masashi Ueda, the 68-year-old author of the manga, said it was "like a dream" for a character he created to be erected as a statue in the historic area of Kagurazaka.
"I have so much affection for Kagurazaka, which feels like a hometown to me since I've been living here for 37 years," Ueda said, who had offered his illustrations for the shopping district's maps.
The event was also attended by Chuzo Katsumura, 72, head director of the Kagurazaka shopping district promotion association that set up the statue.
"We'd like to preserve the statue as a symbol of our town well into the future," Katsumura said.
Measuring about a meter tall including the pedestal, the statue was created by 71-year-old sculptor Asahiko Yamada and set on a sidewalk along Waseda-dori avenue at 6-chome, Kagurazaka.