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.

GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Japanese pub
居酒屋
Idol
アイドル
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Shuri Castle
首里城
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Sanshin
三線
Japan
Dekirukana
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Kyoto Proverbs
Machiya bars
京町家の夜
Manga Museum
マンガミュージアム
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Cosmetics
化粧品
Japanese knives
包丁
Wrapping
ラッピング
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
YAYOI KUSAMA
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NOH
KENDO
剣道
JUDO
柔道
KYUDO
弓道