Seichi Junrei (holy place pilgrimage) is now very important part of otaku culture. Anime fans love to visit the real locations where their favorite series used as a background. Kumamoto prefecture is one of those Seichi in Japan. Yuki Midorikawa's popular manga series Natsume Yujin-cho and its anime adaptations are often said to have the scenery based on the region. Kumamoto is her hometown and the anime staff actually visited the region for coverage. So we can find same views in both the prefecture and the Natsume Yujin-cho manga/anime series. A local internet TV station in Kumamoto "Movie! Kumamoto" has posted a video report to introduce the appeals of the anime tourism inspired by Natsume Yujin-cho in the region.
* The Natsume Yujin-cho anime series is now available at Crunchyroll!
© Yuki Midorikawa/Hakusensha/Natsume Yujin-cho Production Committee