Wonderful Joke, another one of Hiroshima’s kooky, interesting bars, Thousand Sunny takes more from One Piece than just its name. When my friends and I entered Thousand Sunny one night, on a slight detour to our usual haunt, Wonderful Joke, we were welcomed enthusiastically by the lovely barman who greeted us with a smile and a handshake. He seemed as excited to have us there as I was to sit in a bar surrounded by memorabilia from such a good anime. The regulars seated at the bar were just as friendly, greeting us and offering to take photos for us.
As we perused the drink menu, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful katana mounted on the wall behind the bar. The intricate design and polished blade were mesmerizing and I couldn’t resist asking the barman about it. He informed me that it was a replica of Zoro’s Anime Sword from One Piece and that it was just one of the many weapons from different anime series that was on display throughout the bar. As an anime enthusiast and lover of Japanese culture, seeing the katana was a highlight of the night and I couldn’t wait to order a drink and toast to the legendary swordsman.
The space in the bar must have been all used up! Our beer was even served to us in One Piece glasses and the bar serves One Piece inspired drinks named after some of the characters. The bar itself isn’t particularly large. There are less than ten seats at the bar counter and two or three tables on the floor. It’s quite bright in there as well which some people may find off-putting in a bar. It did make it easier to see all the figurines though. They have quite a large spirits collection behind the bar however the food menu is small. Most people who frequent here probably don’t go for the food though and I imagine other One Piece fans can overlook this lack of food options. Any anime fan will enjoy the chance to sit surrounded by by such an impressive collection of characters from such an awesome show. I know I did!