On October 09, 2015, representatives from 10 of Japan's local governments met to announce the formation of the Japan Ninja Council, whose goal is to promote tourism based on ninja-culture in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hit the jump to move silently within the shadows.
Junya Inoue, the author of BTOOOM!, has been appointed as "tourism ambassador" for his hometown of Shimanto in Kōchi Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
The cast of Fist of the North Star are touring Japan in the form of a new line of rubber straps with imagery designed to express the spirit of different regions. Hit the jump to see Kenshiro obliterate a castella with the Hokuto 100 Crack Fist technique.
Kōtarō Kosugi's manga and TV anime, Locodol, is teaming up with the "Butai Meguri" anime tourism smart phone app to transform Nagareyama City in Chiba into the fictional Nagarekawa City that the local idols promote. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Anglerfish Team of Girls und Panzer are gearing up for some summer fun by the seaside in a series of advertisements designed to promote Japanese tourism. Hit the jump to learn more.
"Seichi Whitebook", a free smart phone app developed by DIP, helps otaku plan their anime-inspired tourism with a directory of 4500 anime hot spots in Japan's 47 prefectures. Hit the jump to learn more.
Have you ever wanted to tour scenic Hakone and pamper yourself with all sorts of Evangelion themed activities? If you're one of 80 lucky ladies on the upcoming "Eva Women's Trip" in May, now you can do just that. Hit the jump to learn more.
Just in time for spring break, the Hawaii Tourism Authority has teamed up with Japan's Tsuburaya Production and created a new happy family movie ad featuring the Ultraman family and their alien friends vacationing together in Hawaii. This video is a part of the new Ultra Hawaii tourism campaign for Japanese tourists. The Ultra Hawaii tourism campaign also has a Facebook page, Twitter account and an official site. Watch the sweet movie after the jump!
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!