August 22, 2010
The Brickmuppet has visited the Washinomiya Shinto shrine, and has posted lots of pictures.
It reminds me of the castle in Scotland where much of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was filmed. 30 years on, that turns out to be the main reason tourists visit the place, and the gift-shop at the castle is loaded up with Monty Python memorabilia.
For those folks, at least, it isn't a curse. It's the difference between financial survival and collapse. Still, it ain't quite what they were hoping for.
And hey, for the things that can put a little town on the map, being an otaku site isn't so bad. They come in, they spend money, they go home, they don't get into fights or get drunk or trash the place. Bit rough on the actual shrine folks (it's not the most respectful thing to the religion that the shrine represents... but Japan is a lot less picky about that in the first place, no?)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at August 23, 2010 07:03 PM (pWQz4)
Picky or not, lotta choice they got about it.
I just wonder how long it'll last.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 23, 2010 08:44 PM (+rSRq)
After a bit of digging, I found that the local chamber of commerce, not the shrine, commissioned the ginger sauces.
The shrine which has been there between 800 and a thousand years is unlikely to be affected (they were getting over a hundred thousand visitors over New Years before this).
As to Stevens 64,000 dollar question, 'how long can this last?'that is of some interest to the Japanese biz publication I link in the update. The author notes with some surprise that the turnout seemed to actually be higher this year.However the town, as of March was annexed by Kuki which doesnt have any Kyo-Ani related items on their website save a picture of a festival parade that has the Lucky Star float in it.
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