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.

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a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
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メイド喫茶
Hot spring spa
温泉
Chopsticks
Character bento
キャラ弁
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Monja
もんじゃ
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Shinjuku
新宿
Sanshin
三線
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
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Netherland
Odin Sphere
Italy
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Japan
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Uchimizu
打ち水
Live music events at Machiya
京町家の音楽
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Candycrafts
あめ細工
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Cosmetics
化粧品
Wrapping
ラッピング
WHISKY
ウイスキー
WASABI
山葵
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NOH
SADO
茶道
JUDO
柔道
IAI
居合
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SHOGI
SHOGI
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER