Lucky Star Washinomiya New Years Festival

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Washinomiya, the real life location of Lucky Star‘s Kagami and Tsukasa‘s family shrine, received a flock of otaku pilgrims celebrating the Japanese New Years tradition of hatsumoude – visiting a shrine/temple on Jan. 1.

Good Smile Company, maker of Nendoroids and Figma, took the opportunity to join in by releasing limited edition Miko cosplay Nendoroids of the 4 main girls at the gathering, the latest of many such events to happen at the small town since Lucky Star turned it into a moe version of Mecca for otaku.

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The most famed shot of Washinomiya, taken from a slightly lower angle than what you might be used to:

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A sign pointing toward the Good Smile area.

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The main prize for many pilgrims, these limited edition miko Nendoroids were on display at Good Smile’s Comiket 75 booth.

The figures were sold via the game of Omikuji, which involved paying ¥500 and fishing a capsule containing a random figure out of a hole in a box.

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A Tsukasa themed ita-bike decorated with figures and pictures of the young miko. Even from a photo, this bike just reeks of pure moe-ness.

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A Hatsune Miku ita-bike. Close enough, perhaps?

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The shrine’s front store, something that many temples in Japan have. The main product of this shrine has undoubtedly become Lucky Star trinkets by now.

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Lucky Star in the local newspaper.

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Mini chocolate coronets for sale.

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The sacred Lucky Star mikoshi (a vehicle of sorts for deities to ride in) that you might remember from the Hajisai festival last year.

Via Akiba Hobby.


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