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The Real Life Locations of ‘Your Lie in April’

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Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) is a popular manga written by Naoshi Arakawa with an anime adaptation broadcast from October 2014 to March 2015. It is the story of two 14-year-old musicians: Kousei Arima, a super-talented pianist who has already quit piano, and Kaori Miyazono, a girl who plays the violin. After getting convinced by Kaori to play the piano as her accompanist at a violin contest, Kousei gradually starts to enjoy playing the piano again.

Although this story was released in a manga magazine for boys, its anime adaptation has gained many female fans. It was also adapted into a live action film in September 2016. The manga and the anime adaptation are still very popular among fans today. Did you know that the setting of this hit story is in Nerima Ward in Tokyo? Let’s take a walk around Nerima Ward, where Kousei and Kaori spent their daily lives in the anime, and find the spots in which the best scenes of

Did you know that the setting of the story is Nerima Ward in Tokyo? Let’s take a walk around Nerima, where Kousei and Kaori spent their daily lives in the anime, and find the spots in which the best scenes of Your Lie in April took place!

Let’s Start Our Walk at Nerima Station!

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Protagonist Kousei Arima was strictly taught how to play the piano by his mother, and as a child, he won many piano competitions by using his talent to perform with unparalleled precision. He was even nicknamed the ‘Human Metronome’ for his precise musical skills. One day in April, when Kousei is 14, his childhood friend Tsubaki Sawabe tells him that a girl has a crush on Ryouta Watari, another childhood friend of Kousei’s. Tsubaki was planning to introduce the girl to Ryouta and wanted Kousei to come with her. So, they promised to meet at the park in the plaza in the photo above. The model of the park in the story is Nerima Culture Center, which is located near Nerima Station on the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line. Kousei meets Kaori for the first time at the park in the worst way ever, but because of this special encounter, Kousei decides to try playing the piano once again. Surprisingly, Kaori was the very girl who had wanted to date Ryouta. Just so you know, the place of their encounter is called ‘Touwa Hall’ in the anime. Starting with the first episode, ‘Monotone Colorful’, it is one of the locations that frequently appears in the anime.

The model of the park in the story is Nerima Culture Center, which is located near Nerima Station on the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line. Kousei meets Kaori for the first time at the park in the worst way ever, but because of this special encounter, Kousei decides to try playing the piano once again. Surprisingly, Kaori was the very girl who had wanted to date Ryouta. The place of their encounter is called ‘Touwa Hall’ in the anime. Starting with the first episode, ‘Monotone Colorful’, it is one of the locations that frequently appears in the series.

Get the ‘Your Lie in April’ Map at Nerima Tourist Information Center!

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When you go out the exit of Nerima Station on the Seibu Line, in front of you is the Nerima Culture Center, and on the left of this building is a shopping center called Coconeri. On the third floor of this facility, there is the Nerima Tourist Information Center. Here they sell some original Your Lie in April goods!

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At the tourist information center, you can take a free copy of the ‘Your Lie in April: Nerima Ward Location Map ff (Fortissimo)’, which is very handy when going around the spots from the anime. In addition to this map, you should get the ‘Nerima Ward Tour Guide Map: Machi-Aruki Kankou Map’, which includes route maps of buses and detailed geographical information on the ward. With these two maps, you will be able to get to your destinations easily!

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