Heidi, Girl of the Alps is one of those iconic retro anime series that even people who claim not to know about anime would recognize. Now more than 40 years after its release, Japan continues its celebration of Heidi with the “Heidi’s Hill” (Haiji no Oka) event taking place in “Little Switzerland.”
Little Switzerland, Japanese site grape explains, is an area in Japan a few hours away from Tokyo where you can find the Nasu mountain range, a lake, and a Swiss-styled building that all give a Switzerland-like impression. Heidi’s Hill starts this Saturday, September 19, and is set up to last all the way until August 31, 2021.
While the Nasu Kogen Rindo Lake Family Ranch, which is putting on the event, hasn’t released all their details, they are teasing costumes and ranch animals, guided tours with Heidi’s goat Yuki-chan (not the original name in the book), and special spots set up to take photos.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.