- 北海道大学大学院国際広報メディア・観光学院 = Graduate School of International Media, Communication, and Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University
- vol.7, pp.145-164, 2008-11-28
This paper is a survey of how the town of Washimiya became the "sacred place" for anime fans ever since fans from all around the country rushed to visit the town after it was used as a setting for the animation "Lucky Star", leading also to the town successfully holding two events for these fans. The following three points were discussed. 1)The process leading up to the town becoming a "sacred place". 2)The process leading up to the town welcoming tourists. 3)The roles of tourist related corporations outside the town. As a result, it was found that in each process the local commerce and industry association played a central role. It was also found that with
the town's commerce and industry association at the core, a local shrine, local shops, fans, and corporations from outside the region (copyright owners and a tourist agency) were able to build a relationship of mutual benefit as a backdrop to the current success.