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
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Decorate anything
デコる
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Hot spring spa
温泉
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Mango
マンゴー
Japan
Dekirukana
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Japan
(Original)
Mexico
Doraemon
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Kyoto Proverbs
Kitchen of Kyoto
錦市場
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Cosmetics
化粧品
Kimono
着物
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Candycrafts
あめ細工
TEMPURA
天婦羅
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
WHISKY
ウイスキー
KOHEI NAWA
YAYOI KUSAMA
Nerhol
TAKU OBATA
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SADO
茶道
JUDO
柔道
IAI
居合
NOH
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
e-Sports
e-Sports
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
SHOGI
SHOGI