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
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Decorate anything
デコる
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Hot spring spa
温泉
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Sanshin
三線
Shiisaa
シーサー
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Mangroves
マングローブ
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Japan
Fate/Zero , BLEACH
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Café from another world
純喫茶
Artisans’ Row
あじき路地
Maiko documentary
舞妓
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Kimono
着物
Japanese knives
包丁
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
WASABI
山葵
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
TEMPURA
天婦羅
RAMEN
ラーメン
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
Nerhol
AWA ODORI
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
KYUDO
弓道
KARATEDO
空手
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SHOGI
SHOGI
e-Sports
e-Sports
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR