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
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
Character bento
キャラ弁
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Shuri Castle
首里城
Utaki
御嶽
Mangroves
マングローブ
Taketomi Island
竹富島
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Finland
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing
Japan
VOCALOID
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Cosmetics
化粧品
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
SOBA
蕎麦
RICE CAKES
ODEN
おでん
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
KOHEI NAWA
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
SHODO
書道
KENDO
剣道
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
SHOGI
SHOGI