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Joyful Minowa Shotengai in Minowabashi, Session 2

Joyful Minowa Shotengai in Minowabashi, Session 2

When I made my first visit to Joyful Minowa (ジョイフル三の輪) in 2012 October, I had the benefit of a guided tour from an expert in urban design globally and of Tokyo neighborhoods specifically. While it’s difficult to top that, in this second visit from 2013 October I’ve changed up a few things. I went earlier...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 107

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 107

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

I only have the chance to ride public transit in Japan every so often, but I am still able to observe it almost everyday through its frequent inclusion in anime and other pop culture media. The Enoshima Electric Railway (江ノ島電鉄), or Enoden (江ノ電), is something of a poster child for this phenomenon, notable not just...
Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori 2014

Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori 2014

When I wrote up the earlier entry about my initial walk around Kōenji (高円寺), I got the feeling that I had done the neighborhood a disservice, with my late morning visit managing to capture it at its least flattering time during the day. I described the evening atmosphere based on others’ accounts and noted my...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 106

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 106

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi 2014

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi 2014

An unexpected trip to Tokyo in late August gave me the opportunity to introduce my young daughter to many of the great neighborhoods I love to photograph and write about, and scout out a few for future projects. But there were two special events I wanted to include in Volume 2 while they are fresh,...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 105

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 105

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 104

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 104

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 103

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 103

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Irohakai Shotengai in Sanya

Irohakai Shotengai in Sanya

Irohakai Shōtengai (いろは会商店街) is a covered shopping arcade that fills most of a 370 meter street at the center of the neighborhood formerly known as Sanya (山谷), though its official postal address is now Nihonzutsumi 1-chome in Taitō Ward. A business association was created in 1919 and businesses had been setting up on the street even...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 102

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 102

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...
Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 101

Weekly Review of Transit, Place and Culture in Anime 101

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may...