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.

OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Awamori
泡盛
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Public market
公設市場
International Avenue
国際通り
Mexico
Doraemon
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Finland
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Yokai Costume Parade
百鬼夜行
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Wrapping
ラッピング
Kimono
着物
Candycrafts
あめ細工
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
URUSHI
漆芸
SOBA
蕎麦
SUSHI
寿司
RAMEN
ラーメン
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
YAYOI KUSAMA
Nerhol
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
SADO
茶道
SHODO
書道
NOH
KENDO
剣道
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
SHOGI
SHOGI
e-Sports
e-Sports
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES