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
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
Food model
食品模型
Chopsticks
Character bento
キャラ弁
Decorate anything
デコる
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Mango
マンゴー
Haarii
ハーリー
Mangroves
マングローブ
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
Japan
Hakuohki
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
USA
Gunbuster
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Mizuura Mikuji
水占みくじ
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Machiya bars
京町家の夜
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Kimono
着物
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Japanese sake
日本酒
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
RAMEN
ラーメン
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SOBA
蕎麦
SUSHI
寿司
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
MENBURYU
SHODO
書道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KARATEDO
空手
NOH
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER