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Lucky Star Portable Shrine Damaged in Typhoon

posted on by Sarah Nelkin

The Lucky Star-themed portable shrine, well-known for being paraded through festivals in Saitama Prefecture, was damaged on Friday evening by the typhoon that hit the area. The shrine was stored for safekeeping on the second floor of the Washinomiya Station on Tōbu Railroad's Isesaki line, but it was blown over by a sudden gust from the first floor and broke as it fell on its side.

The commerce and industry association for the city is working to make sure that the shrine is fixed before the Kuki City Hajisai Festival begins on September 1 at Washinomiya Shrine.

The Washinomiya Shrine was used as the basis for a location in Kyoto Animation's 2007 television adaptation of Kagami Yoshimizu's manga Lucky Star. It has since become a popular destination for anime fans, who make "pilgrimages" to the shrine. The local residents made the portable shrine in 2008 with character illustrations and signatures by the voice cast on all sides.

The Kuki City neighborhood that also served as the backdrop the series has been hosting Lucky Star match-making events for otaku since 2010, and the neighborhood held another event last year.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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