Huge Relief Of 'tsurikichi Sanpei' Manga Character Unveiled At Akita Airport

Huge relief of 'Tsurikichi Sanpei' manga character unveiled at Akita AirportA huge relief depicting Sanpei, the main character in "Tsurikichi Sanpei," a popular manga work, has recently been unveiled at Akita Airport with the attendance of its creator, Takao Yaguchi.
The relief, measuring 3.5 meters high and 6.7 meters wide, consists of 460 ceramic panels, and depicts Sanpei fishing in a river against the backdrop of Mount Chokai and a school of yamame trout. The image is modeled after scenery in the village of Nishinaruse, where Yaguchi was born. The village has been absorbed by the city of Yokote.

The relief has been installed at the departure lobby of Akita Airport in a bid to demonstrate to visitors that Akita is a nature-rich prefecture.

"I hope many people will visit Akita from all over the world to view this relief," said 76-year-old Yaguchi.