Japan |Multiple regions
Japanese manga and anime have earned worldwide reputation for the quality of their drawings, the subtle movements of the characters, and the voice actors’ outstanding ability to act using their voices. Fans who are hardcore admirers of something are called “otaku” in Japanese. Otaku of Japanese manga and anime around the globe visit Japan in search of experiences and merchandise collections relating to their favorite genres and works.
Here are some places associated with Japanese manga and anime where everyone from across the world can have fun.
The “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” manga series that came to an end this year has risen to the spotlight around the world, supported by growing popularity thanks to the airing of its anime.
It has also been made into a film that is scheduled for release in October 2020 in Japan.
Homangu Kamado Shrine is in Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
It was worshipped to protect the government in ancient times and is famous for enshrining the god of matchmaking, the god of protection against calamities, and the god of warding off evil.
One of the reasons that Kamado Shrine has come into the spotlight is the rumor among otaku that the shrine has linkages to the “Demon Slayer.”
The two are noted to have several things in common.
For example, the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado’s last name is the same as the shrine name, and Tanjiro’s signature Ichimatsu checkered haori has the same pattern as that of the attire worn by mountain priests when a fire burning ceremony is held at Kamado Shrine.
Recently, some visitors to the shrine have been spotted wearing costumes of the characters.
When you visit the shrine, check out the ema plaques that are hanging.
Many ema have visitors’ wishes written on them as well as “Demon Slayer” illustrations.
The changes in season are beautiful at Kamado Shrine.
You will feel refreshed no matter what season you visit.
“Detective Conan” is a manga that continues to be serialized in Shukan Shonen Sunday.
Its anime has been aired for more than 20 years, and it still has not lost its popularity.
Many fans can’t wait for the new film to be released in April 2021.
Yura Station on the JR San-in Main Line in Hokuei Town is known by its nickname, “Conan Station.”
It is a great starting point for walking to various sites associated with “Detective Conan.”
The Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory in Tottori Prefecture is a manga and anime museum related to Gosho Aoyama, the author of “Detective Conan” and a manga artist from Tottori Prefecture.
The museum houses an exhibition space that is open year-round. Here, you will be welcomed by character statues, and you can also view Aoyama’s desk and other items in his replica studio.
The illustrations for the film “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” are scheduled to be on display until mid-April 2022.
At the gift shop at the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, you will find exclusive sweets and merchandise you can only purchase at this shop.
If you’re looking for souvenirs for Conan fans, you can’t go wrong shopping here.
Conan’s House Beika Shopping Street has four shops that sell “Detective Conan” product, namely, a café, a fast food restaurant, a gelato shop, and a Conan merchandise shop.
It is a to-go place for immersing yourself in the world of “Detective Conan” by seeing and eating!
Aired roughly 40 years ago, “Mobile Suit Gundam” remains hugely popular across multiple generations and has long had fans. Gundam is one of the “Mobile Suit” humanoid robotic weapons.
The story revolves around battles involving Mobile Suits.
The protagonist and other characters grow through the death of their companions and new encounters, and this has resonated with and moved various people.
At Diver City Tokyo Plaza, you will find a life-sized standing statue of Unicorn Gundam from “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.”
At night, there are spectacles that please many Gundam fans, including a display synced with video mapping on the walls.
*Information as of August 2020.
After the first Mobile Suit Gundam finished airing, the Gundam plastic model commonly known as “Gunpla” sold by Bandai gained massive popularity.
In Japan, Gunpla shops are located in Tokyo and Fukuoka.
The Gundam Base Tokyo is the world’s largest Gunpla shop with rows of approximately 2,000 types of products and approximately 1,500 types of exhibited items.
You can assemble the Gunpla you purchased.
The Gundam Base Tokyo is also complete with a painting room where you can paint Gunpla.
Staff will lecture you on how to use the devices and equipment.
A realistic diorama can also be used to take photos.
Make the world’s one and only original Gundam!
*If you live in Taiwan, Hong Kong / Macau, Singapore, or the United States, you can purchase plastic models and other toys from Bandai Premium.
Photos courtesy of:
Homangu Kamado Shrine, Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd., Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, Hokuei Town Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Inc., and Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd.
This information is current as of August 3, 2020 and may be subject to change without notice.
For further details and the latest information, please inquire directly with the relevant establishments.