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.

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参拝
Idol
アイドル
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
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村上春樹の小説
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Asakusa
浅草
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Haarii
ハーリー
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Public market
公設市場
Netherland
Odin Sphere
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Suite PreCure
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
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Kinnikuman
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Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Art of brush and ink
書道家
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Department store basement
デパ地下
Cosmetics
化粧品
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Kimono
着物
WHISKY
ウイスキー
RAMEN
ラーメン
SUSHI
寿司
ODEN
おでん
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
JUDO
柔道
SHODO
書道
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工