Interest Anohana-Themed Hiking Courses Debut in Japan
posted on 2013-05-05 23:30 EDT by Sarah Nelkin
As part of its annual “Free Hiking” series of themed hikes, the Chichibu Railway company of Saitama, Japan has announced a new series of hikes based on the anime series anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. Hikers on the courses will stop by 34 different sacred sites. anohana's story was set in around the Chichibu area of Saitama, and while it was broadcasting, many fans went to the real-life city to visit the sacred sites.
The hiking courses are beginner-friendly, winding around seven small hills in the area. Each course costs 160 yen (US$1.60), and participants who finish a course receive a badge. The badges can be affixed to a tapestry, which is completed when all 7 badges are attached. Both the entrance tickets and the badges have illustrations of characters from the anime.
The anohana-themed hikes will run until November 30.
The original Spring 2011 television anime followed several childhood friends who try to reconnect in high school after drifting apart due to tragedy. The film will retell the anohana story from the character Menma's point of view. Tatsuyuki Nagai is returning to direct the film at A-1 Pictures with head writer Mari Okada and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka.