Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

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 have current episode available at the time this column is published.

Tamako Market

(たまこまーけっと Tamako Māketto)
Watch: Anime Network

Google Map Update

Tallies updated, but no new places.

Fan Pilgrimage Update

The godfather of anime pilgrimages (Twitter: @lidges, Blog: Tsurebashi) spent several days of the past week in Kyoto to do an exhaustive Tamako Market tour. He’s published two posts (1, 2) with a map, and possibly more on the way.

Episode 4

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Activity is focused on events at the Usagiyama Shōtengai, which gives us a chance to take a break from location spotting and look at the cultural context of what happens here. The show opens with Anko’s flashback of being dressed in costume for a spring festival (祭 matsuri). Unless I missed it, I didn’t hear reference to a specific festival; the banners in the shōtengai just read “Spring Festival” (春まつり). It could be a regional or local celebration.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Back to the present, in preparation for this year’s summer festival Tamako models a happi with the Usagiyama Shōtengai logo.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Anko doesn’t share others’ enthusiasm for the festival, as it reminds her of her deceased mother.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Anko answers Mochizō’s “call” to Tamako, pointing out the fact that their street is so narrow they should just talk to each other through the windows.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

The mikoshi (神輿) is cleaned and prepared for carrying through the streets.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Everyone in the neighborhood is busy with preparations, leaving the record shop/cafe a bit lonely.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Mochizō is one of the mikoshi bearers.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Anko is asked for help with costume dressing.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

We’ve already seen the public bath, Usa-yu, repurposed as the shōtengai managers meeting location. Today is a dressing room and staging area for the children in the parade.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Anko’s sense of her role and connection to the community celebration puts her feelings toward the festival in a more positive direction.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Kotoura-San

(琴浦さん)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Manabe, Mifune and Muroto set out in search of Kotoura. At first I thought the town name, Kotoura (same as the protagonist), had to be fictional. But Kotoura-chō is a real town in Tottori Prefecture, the least populous prefecture in Japan. That would make this local train the San’in Main Line (山陰本線) which, funny enough, I’ve actually used before to get to the Kinosaki onsen.

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

In the show, what’s called Kotoura Station is actually Urayasu Station (浦安駅).

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

I believe this is an actual shrine in Kotoura, but ran out of time to figure out exactly which.

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Unfortunately, still no clues as to where this might be.

Da Capo III

(〜ダ・カーポ III〜 Da Kāpo III)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

More bus time and shōtengai this week.

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

This is an advertisement for a bookstore. The address simply reads “in Sakura Shōtengai”.

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

“Are your manners OK?” No loud conversations, loud headphone volume or cellphone conversations, and make sure you give up your seat to someone who needs it.

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Sakura Shōtengai

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Oreshura

(俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Eita rushes to Hananoyama Station to make sure Chiwa isn’t stood up by her date. So far, all search results for Hananoyama (羽根ノ山) just reference the show/light novel. Not sure if it’s based on a real place or fictional.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Eita walks to meet Masazu after school.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

(さくら荘のペットな彼女 Sakura-sō no Petto na Kanojo)

Watch: CrunchyrollAnime NetworkHulu

Episode 16

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Sorata takes the Odakyū Odawara Line (小田急小田原線) into Tokyo for his presentation. Sakura Dormitory is supposedly close to Mukōgaoka-Yūen Station (向ヶ丘遊園駅) in Tama Ward of Kawasaki, just over the border from Tokyo Prefecture.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Fun trivia I learned this week: Sorata names all of the stray cats he takes in after Shinkansen services (Hikari, Nozomi, Kodama, Tsubaki, Komachi, Aoba and Asahi).

Amnesia

(アムネシア Amuneshia)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Amnesia アムネシア

Shin walks home after leaving the Heroine’s apartment, toward Toden-Zōshigaya Station (都電雑司ヶ谷駅).

Amnesia アムネシア

I’ve got a few good ideas about the location of this neighborhood and the park, but don’t want to send anyone on a wild goose chase without a positive ID ^_^

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Love Live! School Idol Project

(ラブライブ! Rabu Raibu!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Honoka’s family sweets shop has the store on ground level facing the street, with living quarters in back and above, an example of a shophouse.

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Kanda Shrine (神田明神)

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!