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
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Japan
Hakuohki
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Japan
Fate/Zero , BLEACH
Japan
VOCALOID
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Metal tableware
金属食器
Japanese sake
日本酒
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Wrapping
ラッピング
RICE CAKES
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
WHISKY
ウイスキー
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
MANABU IKEDA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SHODO
書道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
JUDO
柔道
NOH
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
e-Sports
e-Sports
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER