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.

KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
International Avenue
国際通り
Public market
公設市場
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Awamori
泡盛
Japan
VOCALOID
Hong Kong
BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY
Japan
Fate/Zero , BLEACH
Japan
Kinnikuman
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Kitchen of Kyoto
錦市場
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Kimono
着物
Department store basement
デパ地下
Japanese knives
包丁
KAISEKI
懐石
TEMPURA
天婦羅
URUSHI
漆芸
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
NOH
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター