Sorry, I haven’t been posting recently, but I’ve been super busy finishing up the work that was left to me after Obon. I do have yet another post about travel :D. This time it’s the Isumi Konata house in Satte, Saitama. It’s a recently opened “tourist attraction” where the district is attempting to draw anime fans and their spending to the area by refurbishing a house in a manner that is consistent with Isumi Konata’s house from Lucky Star. If you are a Lucky Star fan that’s planning on going, I strongly suggest you bring someone with you that knows Japanese.
The website for the venue is actually over here. To get there you need to find your way to Satte station all the way out in Saitama. Once there you need to check the list of ticket vendors for that month. We got lucky this time, since the vendor was the convenience store right next to the station.
The ticket is actually an A4 paper that doubles as a map. Ironically, for all the fanfare about how this was supposed to bring tourism to the area, the taxi driver didn’t know where it was. The ticket is actually only valid for 1 hour from when its purchased, which is really extortion imo.
Time to head inside!
Apparently the author’s birthday and Konata’s mom and dad’s birthday are all very close. It looks like they’ll be having a birthday celebration of some sort. For the rest of the post, I guess I’ll keep it to mostly pictures. Sorry but this is going to be picture heavy.
Everyone was crowded around Konata’s room, so I want to Yutaka’s room first.
They even made a Lucky Star Collector’s room of sorts.
Next we have Konata’s dad’s room!
Onwards to the top floor!
If you do manage to complete the quiz correctly, you supposedly get pins that are illustrated and autographed by the artists. Fortunately for me, I think Lucky Star art is flat out terrible, so I don’t really care if I don’t get one :P. The quiz itself is friggin ridiculous. It’s not even a quiz about Lucky Star or any of the author’s works. It’s a quiz about the author’s life, which I know absolutely nothing about. So I ended up filling in random numbers, maybe I’ll still get a prize? :D.
Oh yes the dining room. They even hooked up PC’s to help you with the quiz… Considering that there’s also a time limit in which you have to see the entire house in… I do get the feeling the quiz is a trap.
Oh and we get a nice postcard as thanks for visiting :).
Alright, and so we’re done with the house… Gotta check out back for a spot that was used in the opening.
Next stop Washnomiya Shrine… As it turns out, this is actually a popular otaku gathering place for everyone in the area. We even got a few Comiket survival tips from these guys.
Oh right the shrine lol. It was closed and it wasn’t that amazing :P.
Alright time to head to my capsule hotel, snapping shots along the way 😀
And some ramen to wrap up.