Japanese Gods to Boost Tourism
Due to Japan’s economic problems, tourism is down, especially in remote areas.
So what’s their solution? Gods. They made their own gods!
At the center of Hokkaido lies two train stations named Kofuku and Aikoku. Plans of creating Japan’s first ever “moe” station goddesses are now being pushed through from within the community.
“Moe” is a style of drawing of adolescent girls, sometimes used to humanize an abstract concept.
Back to the goddesses, we have Miyuki and Megumi, representing Kofuku and Aikoku stations, respectively.
Miyuki is the silent yet strong type. Kofuku station’s visitors may feel happy when hearing Miyuki’s songs. She even started her own blog!
On the other hand, Megumi is the more mature one. She specializes in making love predictions — like the female version of Cupid.
This is the first time that the Japanese government has allowed train stations to house gods. This has always been reserved for temples and shrines.