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Everyone's surprised that "Pokemon Go" is getting people out from behind their screens and out of the house.The settings of Japanese anime series are often closely based on real locations. Places like shrines and train stations featured in these cartoons are often hunted down by fans on visits called seichijunrei, which translates as "holy land pilgrimage". Then, it's not just about identifying a big landmark, but finding specific, often very mundane places.An easy place to experience seichijunrei is Kanda Shrine.Vito says serious butaitanbou fans of that series visited the Akihabara locations mainly for the sake of completeness.Japan's other tourist capital, Kyoto, offers an example of how a very ordinary place can become an attraction. Three years after the series ended, fans still visit a fish shop there.Even fantasy series are often set in precise real locations.
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