A Study on the Birth of a Holy Land and the Role of Local Residents: The failure to establish a memorial facility for the victims of the Kyoto Animation's arson attack in 2019

  • Lee, Jeonghoon (Department of Japanese Culture and Language, Konkuk University)
  • Received : 2020.10.27
  • Accepted : 2020.12.21
  • Published : 2020.12.31


The study will first pay attention to the conflict between Kyoto Animation Co. and residents over establishing memorial facilities after the "Kyoto Animation 1st Studio arson and Murder Incident," which occurred in Kyoto, Japan on the morning of July 18, 2019. And through on-site coverage and review of related TV program "Summer of Prayer, Voice of the Holy Land" aired by Mainichi Broadcasting System on August 17, 2019. We reviewed what this conflict means by Japanese animation fans to set a "Holy Land" of specific regions and the resulting content tourism business model. The conflict between Kyoto Animation Co. and the residents resulted in a lengthy confrontation which did not get solved until late July 2020. It proves the cooperation of residents is essential for the success of content tourism, especially the cooperation model for development of Holy Land.



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