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.

OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Character bento
キャラ弁
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Mango
マンゴー
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Sanshin
三線
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Department store basement
デパ地下
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
RAMEN
ラーメン
RICE CAKES
SUSHI
寿司
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
SHODO
書道
IAI
居合
KARATEDO
空手
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター