KyoAni Works Help Create Anime Pilgrimage Boom

Society

Kyoto, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)--Arson-hit Kyoto Animation Co. is said to have made great contributions to local revitalization in Japan, with its popular anime works, many set in real-life locations, creating a boom in related "pilgrimages to holy sites."

While it is difficult to specify exactly when such pilgrimages started, related tours are believed to have become common with fans in the 2000s, after getting media exposure.

"Kimi no Na wa" (Your Name), a megahit anime film released in 2016, made the pilgrimage boom known to the public.

Popular anime series "Lucky Star" by Kyoto Animation, or KyoAni, is said to be one of the major works that triggered the spread of anime pilgrimages.

The number of visitors to Washinomiya Shrine in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, known as the model for a shrine featured in Lucky Star, surged after television broadcasts of the anime started in 2007.

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