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
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Decorate anything
デコる
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Shuri Castle
首里城
Shiisaa
シーサー
Haarii
ハーリー
Public market
公設市場
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Japan
Fate/Zero , BLEACH
Japan
(Original)
Mexico
Doraemon
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
Japanese sake
日本酒
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Candycrafts
あめ細工
WHISKY
ウイスキー
RICE CAKES
TEMPURA
天婦羅
ODEN
おでん
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
JUDO
柔道
KYUDO
弓道
KENDO
剣道
SADO
茶道
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
e-Sports
e-Sports
SHOGI
SHOGI
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES