March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of public transit use and urban design, as well as discussion of place identity and culture, through anime currently broadcast or screening in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. This review also documents seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting), which are pop culture tourism and place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.

Sound! Euphonium 2

(響け!ユーフォニアム2 Hibike! Yūfoniamu 2)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Higashi Uji High School in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 4.

@lilysis08mai made a pilgrimage to Uji for Episode 1 through Episode 3.

@ktism1228s made a pilgrimage to Uji for Season 1. Keita received the rookie award at the 2016 butaitanbou community summit, and I can’t get enough of his beautiful photography.

Episode 4

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Todō Senior High School (莵道高校)

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Higashi Uji High School (京都府立東宇治高等学校)

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Todō Senior High School

(Just for fun) In the background, Minami Kyoto Yokoōji high voltage power line tower number 11:

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Poco’s Udon World

(うどんの国の金色毛鞠 Udon no Kuni no Kin’iro Kemari)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture for (updated post) Episode 2 and Episode 3; and (post 2) Episode 4.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Takamatsu for the OP, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Episode 4

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Yashima (屋島), Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Yashima-ji (屋島寺) is the 84th of 88 temples Buddhists will visit on the Shikoku Pilgrimage (四国遍路).

My hunch is that this was the origin of the number 88 chosen for the Anime Tourism 88-Stop Pilgrimage being organized by publisher Kadokawa. See news on the initiative in the media section at the end of this post.

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Omiyage shop

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Reigan Teahouse (れいがん茶屋)

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Small, unglazed clay plates or tiles thrown from Yashima symbolize a 12th century battle in which soldiers of the victorious clan threw their wooden headpieces from the mountain in celebration. (info)

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Shikoku Mura (四国村) is an open-air architectural park. It contains historic structures from the Shikoku region built between the Edo and Taishō periods.

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Kaname Jun (要 潤) introduces honetsukidori (骨付鳥), a local specialty of bone-in roasted chicken leg. Pictured is the Ikkaku Yashima shop (一鶴 屋島店). The main branch of Ikkaku is in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture.

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made pilgrimages to (post 1) Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward for Episode 3; and (post 2) Tsukuda, Tsukishima and Shinkawa, Chūō Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 4.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Sendagaya for Episode 2 and Episode 3.

Episode 4

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda (佃)

A little bit of history/cartography: The island now called Tsukishima (月島) was originally two islands made of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, the first of which was completed 1892. What was Tsukudajima to the north is now just called Tsukuda, while the original Tsukishima to the south retains its name as the modern postal subdivision. But the entire combined island is also called Tsukishima. I know, it confused me too.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda (small) Bridge (佃小橋)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Chūō Bridge (中央大橋)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda Park (佃公園)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Kamejima River flood gate (亀島川水門)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukishima (the subdivision, not the whole island)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukishima Nishi-Naka-dōri Shōtengai (月島西仲通り商店街)

I’ve seen a few sources refer to this as Tsukishima Monja Street (月島もんじゃストリート), which appears to be an informal nickname, not an official trade name, but there’s a good reason why it happens. Monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き), a grilled savory pancake filled with meat and vegetables, is said to have originated in Tsukishima (I found this on the internets, so it must be true). I can’t find anything to corroborate the statement, but monja is definitely the main promoted attraction of contemporary Tsukishima. Many monja shops are on Nishi-Naka-dōri, though quite a few are not. There’s even a business promotion association just for monja, the Tsukishima Monja Shinkōkai Kyōdō Kumiai (月島もんじゃ振興会協同組合). Earlier in the episode, the group of students surrounding the baseball players suggests going out to eat the dish, but thus far we haven’t seen it depicted in the show.

Danny Choo has a great photo essay of making and eating monja in Tsukishima.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

The Great Passage

(舟を編む Fune o Amu)

Episode 3

The Great Passage 舟を編む

We finally have a rough idea of where Majime lives.

The Great Passage 舟を編む

This is Hongō Kikuzaka (本郷菊坂) (info 1, info 2, info 3), which refers to not just one slope but an entire neighborhood near the University of Tokyo main campus in Hongō.

[Credit: @teo_imperial, Twitter]

The name of this specific slope is Munatsukizaka (胸突坂) (Street View). Cities in Japan are notable for the general lack of street names, but slopes seem to be an exception to this norm.

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

For a trip from Hongō to Jinbōchō, Majime would take the Mita Line from Kasuga Station. We’ve seen him both exiting from and transferring at Jinbōchō Station.

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The precise location of the office is still not clear to me, but this area looks like somewhere between Jinbōchō and Kanda.

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Hijiri Bridge (聖橋) in Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda Ward

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Walking west along the south side of the sotobori (外堀), toward Ochanomizu Station and Hijiri Bridge

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Hijiri Bridge

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

View of the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (東京地下鉄丸ノ内線) viaduct and east side of Ochanomizu Station (御茶ノ水駅) from Hijiri Bridge

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Yuri!!! On ICE

(ユーリ!!! on ICE Yūri on Aisu)

Episode 4

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Karatsu (唐津), Saga Prefecture

Maizuru Bridge (舞鶴橋)

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Karatsu Castle (唐津城)

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Detroit Skating Club

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

St Petersburg?

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Imperial World Ice Skating in Bangkok, Thailand

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Karatsu

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

WWW.WAGNARIA!!

(WWW.WORKING!!)

Episode 5

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

The Telegraph published a review of Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World), which premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival. The film depicts life in Hiroshima over the decade leading up to the atomic bombing at the end of World War II.

Kadokawa released partial preliminary survey results for its Anime Tourism 88-Stop Pilgrimage initiative. At present, the top three spots in the main list are held by Love Live!, Hyōka and Girls und Panzer. Among the top 30, eight are Kyoto Animation series. There appears to be some recency bias, and Chinese speaking respondents pushed Slam Dunk fairly high in overall ranking despite limited pilgrimage interest among Japanese, but overall these results are consistent with the trail of blogs, tweets and other consumer generated media I’ve observed the past several years.

Mainichi Shimbun published an article about commemorative tickets intended to induce more pop culture tourism to Maeda-Minami Station in Kita-Akita, Akita Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

R25 published an article comparing five smartphone apps that can be used to facilitate anime pilgrimage.

This year, the Momoneko-sama Matsuri (ももねこ様祭り) was held in conjunction with the Shōkei no Michi (憧憬の路) in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. Takehara is the explicit setting of the Tamayura series. The Momoneko festival was created to induce more pop culture tourism subsequent to the show, while the bamboo lantern festival has been around much longer:

Future Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro and Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward; Hino; Meguro Ward; and Nishitōkyō (all Tokyo Metropolis) for feature film PoppinQ, premiering 2016 December.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Stella no Mahō.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Stella no Mahō.

@tianlangxing published comparison images taken on previous pilgrimages to Kumamoto, Hitoyoshi, Yatsushiro and Yamato, Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsume Yūjin-chō Go.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Aoyama, Daikanyama and Musashi-Seki (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Girlish Number.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (updated gallery) to Akihabara and Igusa Hachiman-gū in Suginami Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Girlish Number.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@los_endos_ published the first part of a comprehensive location guide for Koe no Katachi that includes detailed notes on the significance of settings, cinematography and music, and how they all shape the narrative. Endos has no peers creating analysis at this level of abstraction. For anyone who reads Japanese and is interested in deep dives into context and interpretation of creative works, his long form articles are must reads.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Tokyo locations for Kimi no Na wa.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for New Game!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Inamuragasaki, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Hidamari Sketch x Honecomb.