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Asia's new tour guide: Japanese anime

Taiwan mountain town and Singapore fountain beset by smartphone-wielding fans

Hordes of tourists have been climbing the many stairs of Taiwan's Jiufen ever since word spread that the town's architecture might have inspired "Spirited Away" director Hayao Miyazaki.

TOKYO -- As the ranks of foreign visitors to Japan have swollen in recent years, unlikely tourist destinations have emerged, attracting big crowds of manga and anime buffs from around Asia.

These pilgrimages to pop culture holy places have a name, seichijunrei, and they are now taking place in Singapore and Taiwan, where some stories take place.

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