ANIME PILGRIMAGE

Quite a few anime and manga stories take place in real-world locations and borrow their scenery. Fans of these works regard these locations as “holy sites” and visit them frequently. Lucky Star (Raki☆Suta), a four-frame manga drawn by Kagami Yoshimizu, became an anime work in 2007 and won many fans inside and outside Japan. An anime version of the manga appeared on TV, using Washinomiya in Saitama Pref. as the setting of its story. As a result, sightseers spent more than a billion yen over three years to visit this location — the most financially successful anime pilgrimage yet.

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This place appears as Takanomiya Shrine in the story. The father of two sisters (who are the main characters) of the Hiiragi family is the chief priest of this shrine. He is skilled at drawing illustrations on wooden plaques (ema) for dedication to the spirits.

This summer festival has been held for generations in Washinomiya. Since 2008, the Lucky Star mikoshi (portable shrine) has made its appearance, carried by fans. This mikoshi procession is accompanied with the rallying cry of “moe moe” instead of the regular “sore sore.”

An old-fashioned mom-and-pop candy store is filled with drawings from Lucky Star.

3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Shrine visit
参拝
Karaoke
カラオケ
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Awamori
泡盛
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Japan
Saint Seiya
Japan
Hakuohki
Italy
One Piece
Japan
Lupin III
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Wrapping
ラッピング
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
ODEN
おでん
URUSHI
漆芸
WASABI
山葵
RAMEN
ラーメン
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
JUDO
柔道
SADO
茶道
KARATEDO
空手
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶