...and the front.
A Kochi native, Sakamoto Ryoma (坂本龍馬) was instrumental in overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate and bringing about an end to Japan's feudal period. He was also assassinated on his 33rd birthday. Talk about a crummy way to go!
UPDATE: I have since been informed by a student that this statue is unique in that Sakamoto Ryoma is wearing both a traditional kimono and modern-style shoes. East meets west baby!