SAKAIMINATO, Tottori Prefecture--The Mizuki Shigeru Road here will get a major facelift with 18 new bronze statues of “yokai” ghouls and hobgoblins from the late manga artist’s works.

One of the city’s popular sightseeing spots, the yokai-themed shopping district is dotted with sculptures of characters from Mizuki’s works, and the upcoming additions will bring the total to 171.

The Sakaiminato Tourism Association plans to produce the statues by spring 2017.

The new statues will include: Terebi-kun (TV kid), a mysterious boy who can freely go in and out of a TV set; demon boy Mephisto II; Futakuchi-onna, who has an additional monstrous mouth hidden on the back of the head; and Suiko, a type of “kappa” water-dwelling sprite that can’t be seen unless it is dead.

The association is seeking sponsors from across the country. Standing 20 to 50 centimeters tall, the statues will cost 1.2 million yen ($10,900) to 2.9 million yen each.

“It has been more than 20 years since the Mizuki Shigeru Road opened in July 1993, and our efforts in line with the major makeover will provide a new spark for tourism,” Tomomi Masuda, chairman of the association, said.

“The number of visitors has decreased to just over 60 percent compared with the same month last year because of harmful rumors that spread after the earthquake in the central part of the prefecture. We want people to cooperate with us to boost tourism.”

Sponsors’ names will be attached to the bases. It marks the third time for the association to publicly solicit sponsors after similar efforts in 2004 and 2012.

Members of Mizuki Production, which owns the rights to the characters, have special feelings for each yokai, according to the association.