There’s no need to explain this term now since a lot of anime fans actually do this. But I wonder if foreign anime fans who come to Japan to do this know how this action shall be called. Yes, if you really really love the anime, would you like to travel some points where the anime used as a background if the infomation is clear. I know not only my friends but even foreign tourists who happen to be anime fans visit some spots where their favorite anime actually used.
I have a fujoshi friend who is crazy about the otome game, 遙かなる時空の中で[Haruka naru toki no naka de]. The stage closely resembles for the old Kyoto[京都]. Although most tourists visit 金閣寺[kinkakuji], she (or other fangirls) visit other points where the game actually used like 船丘山[funaokayama]. To her surprise, at those spots, you could buy some goods of the game. So this means a lot of fangirls do the same thing as her.
Come to think of it, when I went to Korea, I visited Nami Island where the famous soap opera, Winter Sonata used as a filming place. I am not a fan, but I had to go there for some reason. Now that non-otaku people visit such places, no wonder anime fans do the same thing. So to visit the same places as anime (or movie, TV drama whatever) used as a background shall be called 聖地巡礼[seichi junrei]. 聖地[seichi] means a holy place, and 巡礼[junrei] means pilgrimage.
When my friend, Windbell came to Tokyo a while ago all the way from Singapore, he did 聖地巡礼 for 秒速５センチメートル[byousoku go senchi metoru] in Shinjuku[新宿]. I think this should be easy for me to do since I am working in Tokyo. Maybe at best I could do my 聖地巡礼 for School Days in 神奈川[Kanagawa]. But now it’s not possible since I have no time…
Now that I mention this term, I know I should do it and upload some interesting photos. However as I have said, I have no time to do it. If I had a chance, I would definitely give it a try. And my ideal 聖地巡礼 is for The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi in Hyougo[兵庫].
OMG, I feel like cosplaying out there. Above photos are from this site. And I shall leave some links for other 聖地巡礼. No English site is available, but I think you can enjoy seeing some photos.
So, where would you like to go for 聖地巡礼?