“Lucky Star”‘s Washinomiya shrine attracts 470,000 during New Year’s

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 1月 7, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Washinomiya Shrine (鷲宮神社), the Tokyo area’s oldest shrine and a real-life backdrop for the Lucky Star anime series, attracted 470,000 over the first three days of the new year.

Washinomiya Shrine
Fans have been flocking to this shrine since the 2008 anime featured Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi ― twin sister characters who supposedly work at the shrine as miko (巫女/shrine maidens).


90,000 attended in 2007, 300,000 in 2008, 420,000 in 2009, 450,000 in 2010, and 470,00 in 2011.

Pictorial offering

So to visit the same places as anime (or movie, TV drama whatever) used as a background shall be called “Seichi-junrei”.(聖地巡礼) , “seichi” means a holy place, and “junrei” means pilgrimage. Washinomiya Shrineis the very symbol of “Seichi-junrei”. 

Lucky Star fans join festival at Washinomiya shrine
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