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TV Anime Kotoura-san Attracts Tourists to the Town of Kotoura

by dtshyk
Feb 10, 2013 5:33 AM | 26 Comments
According to Yomiuri Newspaper, the town of Kotoura in Tottori prefecture has been collaborating with the Kotoura-san manga and anime since last year to promote their tourism. Posters, goods, and original Kotoura-san manga introducing the special products of the town have been sold at the Kotoura Tourism Association office.

Kotoura-san's name card set
PR poster of tourism in Kotoura featuring Kotoura-san

After the beginning of the TV series, the name card sets featuring Kotoura-san have been flying off the shelves and the tourist bureau of the town is planning more collaboration projects. Although Kotura is not the model town of Kotoura-san, the author decided to title the manga after the town.

Source: Yomiuri

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Wow. This is pretty interesting. I wonder how the people of the town feel about all of the business though.

Feb 13, 2013 12:25 AM by vietpho

SetsukoHara said:
No, but seriously, I can understand why it happened for GuP since we saw during a tank fight what the city looked like, but for Kotoura-san, meh.

AiCon said:
Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.
You forgot the home town of Kotoura-san IS KOTOURA-CHOU (you can see it in the train station in the latest episode). Perhaps the English sub did not translate that? Or people miss it when watching the show??

Besides, as the initial post said, the author got the name for Kotoura-san by picking the name from the name of the town. So it is only natural that he agrees with the town's proposal of using the manga for a collaboration project to boost local tourism. NOW THAT IS THE BIG DEAL - How often did you see collaboration coming from this kind of back story??

Feb 12, 2013 1:41 AM by symbv

Sugoi. I didn't even know the town existed.IMO It is a great idea.

Feb 11, 2013 2:54 PM by LeoTenshi

Nice PR posters. It says you can get them if you visit that town now. It would surely attract tourists.

I checked Kotoura Newsletter. Gee, they hire native English speakers as TAs for English class. Must be fun to live there.
http://www.town.kotoura.tottori.jp/docs/2013013000033/files/17.pdf
Interesting read.

Feb 11, 2013 8:33 AM by phoenixdragon

icantfeelmyarms said:
>4:23 AM right now

I thought the title of this article was that terrorists attacked a town that's the setting in an anime haha...

.....that'd be a lot more interesting at least.


That would be an AKB0048 concert in Kotourachou...

Feb 11, 2013 6:55 AM by hpulley

>4:23 AM right now

I thought the title of this article was that terrorists attacked a town that's the setting in an anime haha...

.....that'd be a lot more interesting at least.

Feb 11, 2013 4:24 AM by icantfeelmyarms

maybe you can visit the shrine she hid at? not quite as fun as visiting a kissaten destroyed in a street tank battle from GuP... but hey, tourism is yen is good so any tie in will be used these days no matter how small.

Feb 11, 2013 1:32 AM by hpulley

AiCon said:
Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.


You forgot Kotoura's appartement...

No, but seriously, I can understand why it happened for GuP since we saw during a tank fight what the city looked like, but for Kotoura-san, meh.

Feb 11, 2013 1:12 AM by SetsukoHara

I see productplacement potential for future towns that want to boost their tourism:p
Maybe towns will stand in line with manga and anime to get their town used as a model

Feb 11, 2013 12:30 AM by NinetyBeats

AiCon said:
Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.


Well if it go similarities with the real place, that will be a boost for the town. You know, money here money come.

Feb 10, 2013 7:17 PM by SilentTruth

Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.

Feb 10, 2013 6:45 PM by Iconic

Would be nice to visit Kotoura some day ^^

Feb 10, 2013 5:14 PM by aer0gam3r

Nice job~!

Feb 10, 2013 3:39 PM by SilentTruth

Didn't notice anything outstanding about the scenery in the show but okay.

Feb 10, 2013 1:51 PM by VioLink

So, pretty much the exact same thing happening in Ooarai due to GuP?

Feb 10, 2013 12:57 PM by Amarrez

WOW! Impressive

Feb 10, 2013 11:32 AM by GosuGian

hyoka did the same thing too. this is quite interesting, :)

Feb 10, 2013 10:35 AM by supermegasonic

I actually wondered if there was a place called Kotoura after the last episode. Nice to hear in any case.

Feb 10, 2013 9:16 AM by Mogami-kun

I still love Kotoura-san so I'm happy about this. =D

Feb 10, 2013 8:41 AM by phoenixalia

Another great example of how anime can influence the economy (obviously only Japan's but you get the idea).

Feb 10, 2013 8:31 AM by Rachmaninow

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