According to the Saitama Newspaper, the Anime Tourism Executive Committee of Chichibu
city publicized Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
at Hitsujiyama Park on April 1st. The city is the model setting for the anime. Members of a fan group called the Chichibu Anohana Committee wore Jintan
's Chiteijin (subterranean) T-shirts and distributed an article from the Saitama Newspaper featuring the Anohana anime to the visitors.
Picture of Anohana Committee members in Jintan's T-shirts
Picture of Old Chichibu Bridge
Ramen noodle restaurant in Chichibu uses Menma's illustration
(Menma is a popular condiment of ramen.
The Anime Tourism Executive Committee of Chichibu is chaired by the mayor of Chichibu city and supported by the Chichibu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI). Kurosawa Motokuni, the advisor of CCCI, said the tourism of Chichibu city has been suffering from a 70% drop of tourists due to the shortage of gas and the blackouts following the earthquake. He expects the Anohana anime to help with the recovery of the local tourism.
Sources: Saitama Shinbun
, Saitama Shinbun