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.

SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Character bento
キャラ弁
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Shinjuku
新宿
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Utaki
御嶽
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Awamori
泡盛
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Japan
Kinnikuman
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
Saint Seiya
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Kyoto Proverbs
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Picks
楊枝
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
SUSHI
寿司
ODEN
おでん
WHISKY
ウイスキー
WASABI
山葵
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
KOHEI NAWA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KARATEDO
空手
JUDO
柔道
KYUDO
弓道