One of Japan's most enduring cultural exports is the concept of the ninja, a secretive group of spies and assassins that use trickery (and sometimes mystical powers) to shape history while striking from the shadows. Contrary to popular belief, Japan is not exactly crawling with ninja. In fact, the demand for ninja entertainers so far outstrips the supply that currently Japan faces a bona fide shinobu shortage. Hit the jump to learn more.
The phenomenon that is Makoto Shinkai's latest film in "Your Name" continues to attract people from all around Japan as well as the world. The latest promotion is sure to drive tourists to Tokyo, as Cool Japan Travel has announced a new collaboration with tour organizer Willer where the anime film will be prominently advertised on one of the company's signature double-decker buses. Hit the jump for details.
Studio Ghibli is teaming up with Aichi Prefecture to create a My Neighbor Totoro-themed installation entitled "Ghibli Park" that aims to be open to the public in 2020. Hit the jump to learn more.
Commissioned by the tourism board of Onahama - a town in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan - Gainax Fukushima has created a 16.5 minute promotional web anime entitled Jinriki Senkan!? Shiokaze Sawakaze ("Human-powered Battleship!? Shiokaze Sawake") that re-imagines a pair of scuttled destroyer-class ships as superheroes defended the peaceful port of Onahama. Hit the jump to check it out.
The legendary duel between master swordmen Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro continues in the modern day in a series of 10 short web anime episodes designed to drum up tourism for the city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Inagi City, Tokyo, Japan is drumming up tourism by celebrating the work of mechanical designer and Inagi native Kunio Okawara with an unusual promotion: the installation of a 2 meter (6.6 feet) tall monument of Yatter Wan, the loveable mecha from Yatterman. Hit the jump to learn more, wan.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation and rapper SALU have teamed up to promote the Toei Oedo Subway Line. The Toei Oedo Line is the longest and deepest subway line in Japan, and has so many turns and inclines that it’s been compared to riding a roller coaster.
Itamori, the town featured in Your Name, is fictional, but it pulls a ton of inspiration from real-life locations. Hida City, one of the inspirations for Itamori, is leveraging that to bring in the money.
Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino is acting as the chairman of the Anime Tourism Association, an organization of private business interests (such as Kadokawa Corporation and Japan Airlines) that seek to spur tourism by encouraging fans of anime and manga from all over the world to visit locations all over Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
With the run up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the surrounding wards around the metropolis are starting to make an effort to draw in more international tourism. Hit the jump for details.
A recent run-in between cosplaying tourists and the locals has resulted in an blanket cosplay ban being instituted on the premises of the former Kamioka Elementary School in Ibaraki Prefecture, an "anime pilgrimage" destination associated with Girls und Panzer. Hit the jump to learn more.
The city of Kan'onji, which is located in the western part of Kagawa Prefecture and sports a population of about 60,000 people - is partnering with the 2014 TV anime Yuki Yuna is a Hero to promote local tourism. Hit the jump to learn more.