Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.
This original anime is situated in a city that resembles, but not precisely is, Hakata, a district of Fukuoka, Kyushu. The story takes place in a shopping street there. The characters include many “fairies” of different foods that make Hakata famous, such as: “Piri Karako Chan,” a fairy of “mentaiko” (spiced cod roe), “Motsu-nabe Oyaji” , an old male fairy of a stew of boiled animal offal known as “motsu-nabe”, “Amaou,” a brand of strawberry called “Amaou,” and so forth.
Piri Karako Chan and her friends make a racket, covering the whole street with spiced cod row, and holding a “ramen” (soup noodles) duel between Hakata and Kurume, two places renowned for their styles of “ramen”, and so on, to create this wild comedy.
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Sightseeing Spot in This Area
“Nishijin Shopping Street” (photo) is a model of the shopping street that appears in the anime. It is located in Sawara Ward in the western part of Fukuoka City, and consists of 7 shopping streets, spanning a length of about 1.5 km. About 280 stores in total stand side-by-side on the street, and the vibrant atmosphere is really fascinating. Especially, a group of handcarts called the “Handcart Unit,” which sell fresh fish, vegetables, etc., in Chuo Shopping Street, are famous nationwide. “Nishijin Shopping Street” is also commonly called “Sazae-san Shopping Street”, since the idea of Sazae-san was born out of the street.