The operator of a Tokyo-based jewelry store chain on Thursday unveiled a pure gold statue of the mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, at its flagship store in the capital's Ginza shopping district.
The statue of the bear called Kumamon, with a price tag of 100 million yen, weighs roughly 10 kilograms and stands around 17 centimeters tall.
Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K.K. said it will also sell a smaller version, around 6 cm tall, for 265,000 yen.
"I hope (our products) will be enjoyed by Kumamon fans and brighten up people's spirits," Masakazu Tanaka, president of the Ginza Tanaka operator, said at a ceremony to unveil the statue.
The Kumamon statue will also be displayed at Ginza Kumamotokan, a shop that offers specialty products from the prefecture, on May 14, the company said.
The statue will also be displayed in the city of Kumamoto in late May.