Do you remember Iwatobi-chan, that memorable mascot from sexy summer swimming anime, Free!? There are different kinds and types of merchandise for the mascot due to the the anime's popularity, and now it's a cream puff! Sound cute? Think again! It perfectly captures the creepy-cuteness of the mascot in a dessert form. Plus, some questionable official character merch also featuring Iwatobi-chan after the jump!
Right before his birthday, Tsubasa Yonaga the voice actor for Nagisa Hazuki from sexy swimming anime, Free! spent his holiday break visiting the town of Iwami in Tottori prefecture in Japan, which is the location that inspired the anime. Tsubasa posted photos from the visit on his Twitter account after his birthday. See the photos after the jump!
The town of Iwami in Tottori became known worldwide in the summer of 2013 as the location model for sexy summer swimming anime Free! and the town's tourism committiee has been actively using the anime to promote the town. One such effort was a cosplay contest on Makoto's birthday last year with a squid festival seen in the show. The video of the festivities has been posted online for the rest of us to check out. Watch it after the jump!
A lot of female otaku are expected to be in Ikebukuro this weekend in Japan to attend Animate Girls Festival (AGF) 2013, where many companies release AGF exclusive merchandise and Free! is no exception with a new photo set. Take a look after the jump!
The beautiful town of Iwami in Tottori prefecture, which is known as the location of summer swimming anime Free!, will host a cosplay event / day tour on November 17th, which is the birthday of one of the most popular characters from the anime, Tachibana Makoto. Plus, teaser images of upcoming deformed figures and official fan book and a new magazine cover featuring fashionable Free! boys after the jump!
Since the success of Anohana and Girls Und Panzer, many local governments and businesses have become increasingly aware of the buying power anime fans can bring to their towns and businesses. The town of Iwami in Tottori prefecture, the place previously identified as the location of sexy swimming anime Free! not long ago is the latest town now willing to take advantage of its newfound fame. More after the jump!
Yamagata-city in Gifu Prefecture announced the winner of the illustration contest for a new character to promote climbing tourism in the region. A 34-year-old artist Eri Mori's character was chosen by the junior high school students in the city and named "Sakura Yamagata." Check her and other entries after the jump.
The new Tokyo Sky Tree hasn't stolen all of Tokyo Tower's thunder. The Tower has a new robot that speaks four languages. Video after the jump.
The folks behind the international World Cosplay Summit competition have developed a "Pilgrimages" web tourism promotion series. Take quick visits to locations featured in anime, manga, and videogames such as Koyoen Station, Kyoto, Washinomiya Tokyo and Ikebukuro. Check them out after the jump.
To promote tourism, Saitama Prefecture's SkipCity Channel has posted a series of "Four Seasons" anime shorts. Check them out after the jump.
The video began airing across the globe in an effort to increase tourism in Japan. Watch the video and learn more information at the jump.
The Japan Times reports on plans by Yoshimoto Kogyo, a talent agency and media company, to put on various performances with English subtitles in Kyoto at the Yoshimoto Gion Kagetsu theater. Formerly known as the Gion Kaikan, the theater is home to other events such as the Gion Odori in November.
Kyoto City in Japan published a new sightseeing brochure "Kyoto Mansai:Kyoto Travel decorated with manga" on 21 April.
Saitama Prefecture in Japan has started posting the first episode of the original four-episodes tourism PR anime "Tourism Big War SAITAMA～Sakuya's Battle～" on their official tourism department site "ChokoNavi Saitama" and YouTube on April 21.