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.

GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Mangroves
マングローブ
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Shuri Castle
首里城
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Uchimizu
打ち水
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
Kitchen of Kyoto
錦市場
Picks
楊枝
Cosmetics
化粧品
Department store basement
デパ地下
Wrapping
ラッピング
SOBA
蕎麦
URUSHI
漆芸
TEMPURA
天婦羅
ODEN
おでん
TABAIMO
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
Nerhol
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NOH
SHODO
書道
KYUDO
弓道
SADO
茶道
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SHOGI
SHOGI
e-Sports
e-Sports
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR