Lucky Star Shrine Attracts 470,000 During 2014 New Year's
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Washinomiya Shrine, the Tokyo area's oldest shrine and a real-life backdrop for the Lucky Star anime series, attracted 470,000 over the first three days of the new year. The shrine had the same number of visitors for New Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The landmark's portable shrine was damaged by a typhoon last year but was repaired.
Otaku have been flocking to this shrine since the 2007 anime featured Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi — twin sister characters who supposedly work at the shrine as miko (shrine maidens). 90,000 attended in 2007, 300,000 in 2008, 420,000 in 2009, 450,000 in 2010, 470,00 in 2011, and 470,000 in 2013.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web