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
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Character bento
キャラ弁
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Public market
公設市場
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Mango
マンゴー
Sanshin
三線
Japan
Suite PreCure
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Mexico
Doraemon
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Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Mizuura Mikuji
水占みくじ
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Daruma
達磨
Kimono
着物
Cosmetics
化粧品
WHISKY
ウイスキー
RAMEN
ラーメン
RICE CAKES
WASABI
山葵
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
JUDO
柔道
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師