Japan points to 88 places for mangatoerisme to
In Japan it is an official list of 88 so-called seichi: ‘holy’ places for lovers of manga and anime.
Manga (a Japanese striptekenkunst) and anime (movies and series in mangastijl) know worldwide many enthusiasts. By the country are tens of thousands of seichi.
Of 88 seichi makes the Japanese organization for animetoerisme now an official tourist attraction. Through an online election can fans worldwide cast their vote, reports the Associated Press.
Among the nominees are locations as an inspiration and have served for the comics and films, such as train stations, schools and squares. Also houses of animators and mangamusea are on the nomination list.
An example of a location that is eligible is the studio of Hayao Miyazaki, the animator who won an Oscar for the film Spirited Away.
The Japanese tourism is on the rise and is becoming increasingly important for the economy of the country. The country promotes its quirky pop culture with the campaign “Cool Japan”.
“The Japanese pop culture can now measure up to Hollywood,” says Tsugihiko Kadokawa, one of the initiators of the seichi-list.