A bronze statue of the late Japanese comic Ken Shimura was unveiled Saturday in his hometown of Higashimurayama in Tokyo, in memory of the slapstick legend who died of pneumonia triggered by the novel coronavirus final yr.
The statue displaying Shimura’s signature pose commonly recognized as “Aiin” in the course of the country was mounted at an entrance of Seibu Railway’s Higashimurayama Station immediately after cash were raised as a result of a crowdfunding project.
A statue of the late comic Ken Shimura is unveiled in his hometown of Higashimurayama, western Tokyo, on June 26, 2021. Shimura died in March 2020 because of to the new coronavirus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The organizers of the crowdfunding marketing campaign lifted additional than 27 million yen ($243,000) from about 6,500 persons to make the statue of Shimura, who was also a 1-time member of rockabilly band and comedy team The Drifters.
On Saturday, Shimura’s more mature brother Tomoyuki and Boo Takagi, a single of the surviving associates of The Drifters, attended the unveiling ceremony.
“I am pleased to unveil the superb statue with the aid of my brother’s followers all in excess of the nation, from Okinawa to Hokkaido,” Tomoyuki Shimura said.
Ken Shimura, who was adored by generations of Japanese, died on March 29 past yr at the age of 70, right after possessing contracted the virus.