Maraca stolen from 'Samba' statue of beloved Tokyo manga character

Maraca stolen from ‘Samba’ statue of beloved Tokyo manga character

The “Samba Ryo-san” statue with one maracas missing is pictured in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward on Tuesday. (Mainichi)
A statue of a famous manga character and beloved Tokyo figure has been vandalized, with one of two maracas in the character’s hands going missing.

The statue of Kankichi Ryotsu, the main character in the long-running manga series “Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsu-jo” (“This is the police box in front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward”), is located on the Kameari central shopping street in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward.

According to the ward government, the statue, dubbed the “Samba Ryo-san,” is missing the maraca from its left hand. The 1.3-meter tall statue has only been in place since March.

The damage came to light on Sunday when it was reported to the ward by a local. There had been no damage as of Saturday evening, and it is thought the theft took place sometime from late that night to the following day. The ward filed a damage report with police on Monday.

“The Ryo-san statue is one appeal point for the shopping street,” said a local hairdresser. “It’s shocking.”

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