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Count your 'Lucky Star': Japan city offering anime-themed marriage certificates

A sample of a carbon copy of a marriage registration form, themed on the popular Japanese anime "Lucky Star," is seen in this image provided by the Kuki Municipal Government.

KUKI, Saitama -- The Kuki Municipal Government in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, released marriage registration forms and certificates on March 23 themed on the popular Japanese anime "Lucky Star" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the city's formation.

One city and three towns merged on March 23, 2010 to form the city of Kuki in Saitama Prefecture.

Couples filing the special marriage registration paperwork can take home a carbon copy of the form that features anime motifs including characters of Lucky Star along with the message, "We pray for your happiness."

Those who file the special forms can also choose to take home marriage registration certificates, which cost 350 yen for an A4-size copy and 1,400 yen for a B4-size one. Kuki City Hall and three general branch offices are distributing the marriage registration forms and certificates.

"Lucky Star" is based on a comic about the daily lives of high school girls. The anime was produced by Kyoto Animation Co., which was devastated in a July 2019 arson attack. Many fans make pilgrimages to the city's famous Washinomiya Shrine, known as a "sacred site" that gave rise to the name of Takanomiya Shrine, which appears in the anime.

(Japanese original by Hirohito Ueno, Saitama Higashi Bureau)

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