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.

TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Shrine visit
参拝
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Asakusa
浅草
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Awamori
泡盛
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Public market
公設市場
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Japan
Dekirukana
Japan
Final Fantasy VI
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Cute community character promotes local charms.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Kitchen of Kyoto
錦市場
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Japanese sake
日本酒
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
RICE CAKES
SUSHI
寿司
ODEN
おでん
TABAIMO
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
KENDO
剣道
SADO
茶道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KARATEDO
空手
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
e-Sports
e-Sports
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES