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Anime Tourism in the Model City of Anohana

by dtshyk
May 2, 2011 5:23 PM | 35 Comments
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

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Cirris said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ3NoD0yt_4
^^^here's a youtube video of a bunch of rockets.

Not only this! There's also Muku shrine that was the setting for some parts of ep 10/11.

Dec 26, 2011 5:34 PM by ska-cze

I want the jintan shirts.

Good on them for putting effort into recovery.

Dec 18, 2011 6:06 AM by JesusMcAllah

Haha nice nice! I would love to visit the place one day :)

Dec 18, 2011 5:27 AM by Jaye19

I would go there... i promise.. ^__^

Jul 24, 2011 8:35 AM by Hotaru_yuki

I think someone posted something similar in Episode ten. But Chichibu fireworks festival also inspired "the wish" part as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ3NoD0yt_4

^^^here's a youtube video of a bunch of rockets.

Jul 1, 2011 4:25 PM by Cirris

koleare said:
Cool, I didn't know that AnoHana had had an actually city from which it was inspired. That bridge is still very cool with that rustic aspect of the whole town(as presented in the anime). I wish them good luck with the tourism there. I would go there as well :D
I want to go and see where the secret base is NOW! No money D: Oh well perhaps in the future.

Jul 1, 2011 3:53 PM by Yumekichi11

Wow that is very cool!!! I would love to visit that place someday!!

Jun 24, 2011 3:22 AM by otaku-mybrain

I'll put this on my "Travel" List in the future when I have enough money. It's good to towns in Japan bring back tourism, Hope they have a speedy recovery from the quake and tsunami.

Jun 21, 2011 3:13 AM by shameem007

Wow, did not know that. I love Ano Hana and the bridge really looks similar in the anime!

Jun 20, 2011 3:33 PM by zenith_kim94

mikhailn said:
Anything for a bit of money, huh?

So the Japanese don't mind promoting anime tourism but look down upon otakus?


now you mentioned it...

I know that Saitama enjoyed the luxury Anime have given them(Shin Chan, Hiiragi Residence, etc etc)... not to mention Akihabara...

Jun 18, 2011 3:16 PM by AirStyles

Wow it looks just like the scene from the anime

May 28, 2011 12:27 PM by Chiehiro

I WANT TO GOOOO!!!!!!!! D;

May 5, 2011 8:48 PM by Lulexiaa

Wow, is AnoHana` popularity so high that it can attract tourists?

May 4, 2011 4:30 AM by Banu02

Cool. I'd go visit the city if I had the money.

May 3, 2011 10:25 PM by Rezurrekt

Meh, if Ana Hana could really help out the city's situation, it'd be all the best.

May 3, 2011 8:31 PM by ForsakenArcher

I like the anime so much but I can't freakin' see the pic clearly :( This beggar needs moar pics too because I can't even go there so I'm satisfied to see the pics XDD geez, I sound so pitiful lolol XD

May 3, 2011 1:24 PM by DenjaX

Cool, I didn't know that AnoHana had had an actually city from which it was inspired. That bridge is still very cool with that rustic aspect of the whole town(as presented in the anime). I wish them good luck with the tourism there. I would go there as well :D

May 3, 2011 10:56 AM by koleare

Ah I like this anime, I wish I could go!

May 3, 2011 8:46 AM by lame-desu

i haven't watch it yet i i can't really tell if it's good or not

May 3, 2011 7:31 AM by Mr_Gutts

tsubasalover said:
THAT.IS.NICE!

WELL SAID! :D

May 3, 2011 2:40 AM by Aezile