At the North Shinkansen exit of Kokura station you can admire the bronze statues of Galaxy Express 999, Maetel, Tetsuro, or Captain Harlock. These statues were created on the occasion of the opening of the Museum of the Manga of Kitakyushu in 2012. The great director of the Museum happens to be the mangaka Reiji Matsumoto. At the inauguration ceremony, Matsumoto explained that the characters of these statues are actually those he invented before he even became a mangaka while living in Kokura The statue of Maetel represents her sitting on a bench and you have the opportunity to sit at her side to take a picture. If you come to Kokura, this is the chance to take a picture.