Last year, the Straw Hat Pirate's first ship, Going Merry, was planned to be built in Kumamoto City, the birthplace of One Piece manga author Eiichiro Oda. And now, it's Thousand Sunny's turn to show up in real life!
The Huis Ten Bosch theme park in the southwestern Japanese city of Sasebo will unveil a replica of the One Piece manga's Thousand Sunny pirate ship. The replica will measure 30 meters long and weighs 430 tons. The ship can hold 250 people at a time as it floats in the water on the coast of Omura Bay.
Visitors can watch the Thousand Sunny's Gaon Cannon "fire" and pose for photos with statues of the Straw Hat Pirates on the ship's deck. In addition, they can also relax at the onboard aquarium bar and view the ship's signature Soldier-Dock System and other recreated details.
The Thousand Sunny replica ship will be open for short cruises starting on April 2. Tickets cost Y1,000, or about US$12, and 600 yen, or about US$7, for young children. Each of the seven daily cruises lasts about 20 minutes as the ship travels along the coast of Omura Bay.
Source: Nagasaki Shimbun via Anime News Network
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