Square Enix’s Romancing SaGa series collaboration with Saga Prefecture of Japan continues for a seventh year in 2021, and this year we have a hot springs theme across three cities. 4Gamer shared details and photos from the media tour for this year’s event.
Romancing Saga collaboration
The Romancing SaGa x Saga Prefecture collaboration started back in 2014 as an amusing project called “Romancing Saga,” with the Saga part written with the same kanji as the prefecture. Saga is one of the more historic prefectures in Japan, with a name dating back to the Meiji Restoration period. Its origins date back to the 6th century BC. Saga is known for being one of the quieter parts of Japan, with an abundance of nature and beautiful scenery. It is also the birthplace of ceramics in Japan. Since the collaboration started in 2014, the people of Saga have embraced its partnership with the classic RPG series.
Romancing SaGa collaboration returns to Saga Prefecture in 2021
This year’s opening ceremony featured several key figures in attendance. From left to right in the above picture, we have Takeo City mayor Tadashi Komatsu, Saga Prefecture governor Yoshinori Yamaguchi, SaGa series executive producer Akitoshi Kawazu, and series producer Masanori Ichikawa.
The Romancing SaGa x Saga Prefecture collab featured various events for fans this year. One of the main events was a digital stamp rally that involved finding various landmarks across three hot spring resorts. These include monuments and manhole covers from past Romancing Saga events.
New additions include five manhole covers in Takeo City and five more in the spa town of Furuyu. Those who completed the stamp rally received exclusive stickers, posters, and more as rewards.
Saga Prefecture hot springs
Due to having a tight schedule of two days and one night, the folks at 4Gamer skipped the stamp rally and decided to chill at the hot springs instead.
The hot springs in the area are like no other, and the beautiful scenery is second to none, so they probably made the right choice.
Kyushu Saga International Airport art exhibit
Lastly, those who pass by the Kyushu Saga International Airport can check out the Romancing Saga collaboration art exhibit. It features all the artwork from previous years of the collaboration, including the “Arita-yaki” porcelain plates made by SaGa series illustrator Tomomi Kobayashi.
Watch the video below from the 2014 event, where Kobayashi worked her magic on traditional Japanese porcelain plates: