One Piece is regarded as one of the best series in the Japanese anime and manga industry. The success and popularity of the franchise are evident from the significant number of stageplays, performances and attractions that are based on One Piece.
Tokyo One Piece Tower is an indoor theme park located inside the Tokyo Tower. Since its opening in 2015, the area has not only offered games and merchandise, but One Piece themed restaurants and seasonal events as well.
However, the Tokyo One Piece Tower has closed its doors permanently, five years after the themed park was inaugurated. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, daily life has been disrupted and public gatherings have become dangerous.
Eiichiro Oda posted a message for fans on the official Twitter account of One Piece that the Tokyo One Piece Tower closed on 31st July 2020.
The Straw Hat Pirates departed from Tokyo’s ONE PIECE Tower. Please see the thank-you comments from Odacchi.
Thank you so much for 5 years!English Translation, Twitter Translate
An illustration of the Straw Hats pirate holds a message from Oda, which states how sad it is that the park, which holds the memories of so many fans, is closing down.
Who would have imagined that a world like this would come! I couldn’t go there even though it’s fun. It’s a shame, but it’s been 5 years! It’s been 5 years with so many fans’ memories.
The actors of the stage that continued to work every day, the many attractions, the power of the staff that supports it!! It was a very pleasant time, and I think that it was probably a dense time with no regrets. Do one more thing for me, give a big thanks to everyone.
I’m looking forward to the day when I can meet you in another way. Thank you so much for creating a fun space for 5 years!!
2020.9 Eiichiro Oda.Translation of Illustraition
For him, the hard work and performance of the staff made the time spent with the park concentrated with joy. He thanks the staff while asking fans as well to thank them for one last time.
The official website of One Piece also announced the unfortunate closing down of Tokyo One Piece Tower.
The “Tongari Island” has closed down, but the “Cafe Mugiwara” and “Straw Store Tokyo One Piece Tower” will remain open for fans.
The pandemic has endangered a lot of attraction parks and other industries already, and the Tokyo One Piece Tower is its latest victim.
Combining the maintenance cost and the lack of funds, it is visible that the park has permanently closed down due to the amount of loss it has faced.
About One Piece
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997.
The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger.
The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.”
These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age!
Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece.
His diverse crew is joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.
Source: Official website of One Piece