Otaku tourists out of Japan : fictionality, shared memories, and the role of national branding in the Japanese pilgrimages of anime fans in the United Kingdom

Hernandez Perez, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9974-7056 2019, 'Otaku tourists out of Japan : fictionality, shared memories, and the role of national branding in the Japanese pilgrimages of anime fans in the United Kingdom' , The Journal of Popular Culture, 52 (6) , pp. 1512-1535.

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Access Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hernández-Pérez, M. (2019), Otaku Tourists Out of Japan: Fictionality, Shared Memories, and the Role of National Branding in the Japanese Pilgrimages of Anime Fans in the United Kingdom. J Pop Cult, 52: 1512-1535, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jpcu.12871. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Abstract

The article explores the reasons and narratives behind the anime pilgrimage experiences of Japanese tourists in the UK. Anime or otaku (fan) pilgrimages are a phenomenon widely studied by Japanese and foreign academics in relation to seichi junrei (“pop culture tourism”) and activities such as collecting of snapshots from media (butaitanbou). The article establishes a typology for the study of Otaku Tourism that can be eventually transferred to other media pilgrimages and examines a significant case of anime pilgrimage in England (the Cotswolds).

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Popular Culture
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0022-3840
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Depositing User: Dr Manuel Hernandez Perez
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 13:57
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2021 14:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/60722

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