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.

FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Chopsticks
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Monja
もんじゃ
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Mango
マンゴー
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Japan
Dekirukana
Singapore
Hakuohki
Thailand
Summer Wars
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Live music events at Machiya
京町家の音楽
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
Cosmetics
化粧品
Picks
楊枝
Department store basement
デパ地下
Japanese sake
日本酒
SUSHI
寿司
WASABI
山葵
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE CAKES
Nerhol
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
IAI
居合
NOH
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SHODO
書道
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人