Gold Statue Of Popular Kumamon Mascot Worth 100 Mil. Yen Unveiled

Gold statue of popular Kumamon mascot worth 100 mil. yen unveiledThe 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.