According to Hitoyoshi Press, the mayor of Hitoyoshi City has decided to launch a tie-up project with TV anime Natsume Yuujinchou San. Hitoyoshi and the neighboring area are the model place of the anime.
Mayor Tanaka Nobutaka is the chairperson of the tourism committee of Hitoyoshi Kuma area. The number of the visitors to the area this Spring has dropped 8% from a year earlier due to the earthquake and the eruption of the nearby volcano. Hitoyoshi City will feature the tie-up project with Natsume Yuujinchou to attract the fans and mass media.
Tourism is always good for an area, but I just have to say...
I've seen better recreations of locations in anime, and even if those are low quality pictures, the art doesn't look that good. It might not be in my place to say that since I haven't seen the anime and its relations myself, though. Ah well, slip of the mouth.
Other than that, cool stuff? We've been seeing quite a lot of this anime - tourism deals since the earthquakes, and I support it. Its a fine way to raise business in those regions.
Seems like the industry is doing what they can to help and bring back the tourists so the economy will be afloat. It’s not the first time; we’ve already seen the exactly same scenario for AnoHana’s and Hanasaku Iroha’s model places, to only name two.
Even so, I think it’s a great way to lend a hand to those areas that were affected one way or another by the earthquake. I just can say that I’d love to go there one day; I love Natsume Yuujinchou, and knowing where the real “setting” of the series makes me want to visit it.