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Let them lead

Date: March 11, 2021 | By: Brenda Lee | Category: Travel Blog

Dear Advisor Partner,

I grew up watching Japanese anime. Yes, you know those tech-focused cartoons that came long before Pokémon. My favorite, which fellow nerds will appreciate, was Voltron. Cheesy, maybe, however it was amazing and you either loved it or you didn’t. When this form came along it wasn’t trying to please everyone.  It came in two forms – anime (animation) and manga (comics), with most works starting out as manga before becoming anime.

If you look past the product and back into history, you see that manga originated in scrolls in the 12th century while anime only got its start at the beginning of the 20th century and was mainly used for political propaganda in Japan.

What better way to get our children past SpongeBob and take them back to anime that they can really connect with? This includes Beast Lion, the reboot of Voltron! Ok, I am geeking out, it’s true, however, we don’t see our children discovering something like this every day. That was the essence behind Precious Journeys® when we launched family travel so many years ago.

Today families, including grandparents, make up 30% of Big Five’s travelers. And, that number is growing. Why? Because our family travel experiences let children lead! They set the example for us to follow. I’ve experienced that with my own kids, who are inspired to explore the world.

Enter our latest family program, Precious Journeys® Japan Family Adventure into Animation. Kids get to explore the history of Japanese anime while visiting the sites that inspired the backdrops of some of the latest productions, including the Kamogawa River and the steps to Suga Shrine, both recreated into anime icons.

Enjoy the video for this unique adventure into the heart of some of Japan’s unique cultural gems.


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