Anime Fans Visit Real-World Locations Of This Summer's Hit Movie

Sadly, work began this month to tear down the real-world version of this building.
Sadly, work began this month to tear down the real-world version of this building.
Image: Toho
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Weathering With You is the hit anime of the summer. As with Your Name, the movie brings real-world Tokyo locations to life. Now fans are visiting those spots.

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This is what anime fans in Japan call seichi junrei (聖地巡礼) or a “pilgrimage to a sacred spot.”

You can see the real-world versions of the Weathering With You locations below. Warning: There might be some spoilers!

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In case you missed it, you can read Kotaku’s Weathering with You review right here.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I always wonder if Japan is, in fact, super cool or beautiful looking all the time, or if I just think it might be because all I’ve seen of it are games, photos people took and movies/anime.

On the other hand I've never seen a picture or movie of anything in Russia and thought "damn I gotta' see Russia one day."  And that's including a National Geographic article about the beautiful dachas (cabins to stay in during the summer) that middle-class Russians keep.  So maybe Japan is just a good-lookin' country.