Subcultures

Saitama Prefecture serves as the setting for a large number of animations and comic books. Locations in the prefecture that have appeared in animations and comic books, or where heroes were filmed in action movies, are introduced with photographs.

Lucky Star

Lucky Star is a four-frame cartoon portraying the easygoing lives of high school girls. Since the cartoon was made into an anime and Saitama Prefecture was introduced as the setting with its sacred places, the number of fans visiting has increased.
A typical sacred place is Washinomiya Shrine in Washinomiya, Kuki City.
It is noted that the fans' "holy pilgrimage" visit is producing economic effects with a great influence on the development of the region.

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Gongendo

Gongendo

It is Satte City's Gongendo where Konata, one of the main characters of the anime, is dancing at the opening scene of the film. It is recommended to visit this place in summer, where the ears of rice grow lush green. This place is famous for its cherry and rape blossoms in spring. There are Japanese sake breweries in the city, and sake is a good souvenir.

Washinomiya Shrine

Washinomiya Shrine

It is Kuki City's Washinomiya Shrine where Kagami, another main character, is walking at the opening scene of the anime. This shrine has a long history and is said to be the oldest shrine in the Kanto area. The shrine has been a famous place where Lucky Star fans get together since it became the model for where the Hiiragi sisters live.

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Wooden tablets with illustrations on them
Wooden tablets with illustrations on them
A shrine festival where a Lucky Star portable shrine appeared.
A shrine festival where a Lucky Star portable shrine appeared.

Crayon Shin-chan

Shinnosuke Nohara, whose pet name is Shin-chan, is a mischievous 5-year-old boy playing a fabulous role in a Japanese manga and anime series entitled Crayon Shin-chan. The humorous Crayon Shin-chan series is set in Kasukabe City in Saitama Prefecture. Crayon Shin-chan characters appear in a variety of media including comic books, TV anime series, anime movies, and games, and entertain people around the world. Shin-chan plays an active role as a child-rearing support character and town guide of Kasukabe City, and the Nohara family members have been specially registered as "residents."

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Kasukabe Information Transmission Center―Puratto Kasukabe

Kasukabe Information Transmission Center―Puratto Kasukabe

Puratto Kasukabe is identified by a large signboard of Shin-chan. It is a spot where you can take a commemorative photo with Shin-chan. Furthermore, it displays copies of original cartoon pictures and movie posters of Crayon Shin-chan along with a comparison of the actual landscape of Kasukabe and that appearing in the works. Limited numbers of crayon Shin-chan and his family's special residence certificates and Shin-chan bus straps are sold here.

ゲーセン クレヨンしんちゃん 嵐を呼ぶ ブリブリシネマスタジオ

Recently an amusement facility named Crayon Shin-chan the Storm Called the Amusement Arcade the Buri Buri Cinema Studio was opened in the newly built LaLa Garden KASUKABE shopping center. Everyone is a movie star here. Here you can play with Shin-chan in the world of movies. You can take pictures with the Nohara family as well.

We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day

The anime series We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day was televised in 2011. This film was set in Chichibu City of Saitama Prefecture. The anime depict the bittersweet lives of young boys and girls in Chichibu, a place blessed with natural beauty.
Landscapes and buildings that appeared in the series were somewhat nostalgic and the atmosphere of Chichibu was faithfully reproduced.
Local people extend kind hospitality so that fans' "holy pilgrimage" visits will be fun.

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Old Chichibu Bridge and Chichibu Bridge

This place is one of the frequently appearing scenes in the work. If you look at Chichibu Bridge from Old Chichibu Bridge, you will feel as if the Super Peace Busters were appearing right in front of you. You can enjoy the view of the Arakawa River flowing under the bridge. Do not stand on the parapets of the bridge like Menma, a heroine of the anime. It is dangerous.

Jisshozan Teirinji Temple

Jisshozan Teirinji Temple

Yukiatsu and Tsuruko, characters in the anime, appear at this temple in the opening scene of the anime. This temple is known as the 17th holy place on the pilgrimage road connecting the 34 sacred temples in Chichibu, and has a history dating back to the 15th century.

Special effects

Do you know what we call "special effects films," in which heroes play active roles against monsters and phantoms? Special effects are used in order to create scenes that are not available to live-action films. Where were various special effects scenes that you have seen, such as heroes' everyday life scenes and battle scenes with monsters, taken? Saitama Prefecture serves as the setting for a large number of special effects films. It is great to be able to visit these filming locations and stand where heroes played active roles.

Saitama Super Arena

Saitama Super Arena

Movies are very frequently taken around Saitama-Shintoshin Station. Almost all TV movies recently broadcast were taken in this area. People must have seen this area in various movie scenes, ranging from openings to battle sequences.

Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel

Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel

The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is a flood prevention facility of the world's largest class, constructed to protect Tokyo from floods. If you look up the pillars that stand high on the huge pressure-controlled water tank, you will feel like you were in a huge underground temple. Reservations are necessary for the tour.

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