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.
(ガッチャマン クラウズ インサイト Gatchaman Kurauzu Insaito)
Train fare payment using near field communication components embedded in a smartphone, such as JR East’s Mobile Suica
Toyosu (豊洲), Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Toyosu was created on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay and is one of the last areas available for significant developement near central Tokyo. Like Odaiba, Toyosu is characterized by wider roads and longer blocks, more open spaces, big box retail shopping centers and residential towers compared with older neighborhoods in the city.
Use of fast food restaurant as third place
Covered bicycle parking area
(アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ Aidorumasutā Shinderera Gāruzu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
PROCEN STUDIO (プロセンスタジオ), located at the Moto-Akasaka Chisei Building (元赤坂知性ビル) in Moto-Akasaka, Minato Ward
Tokyo Station (東京駅)
Elevated pedestrian footbridge (横断歩道橋 ōdanhodōkyō) near Aoyama Gakuin University (青山学院大学) in Shibuya
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (東京体育館) in Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward
River embankment (土手 dote) along the Tama River (多摩川)
Ignition published a translated article from the original at Toyo Keizai Online, an interview with former CEO of the Enoshima Electric Railway, Fukaya Kenji. There are several mentions of Enoden’s significant presence in pop culture media, and specifically regarding its popularity among East Asian tourists for its inclusion in the manga and anime Slam Dunk.