Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

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 (post) and @kbt_tigers1985 (post) made pilgrimages to Uji and Kyoto Station for Episode 7.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (new: post 1, post 2; updated: post 3, post 4, post 5) to Uji and Kyoto Station through Episode 7.

@R_ada_cchi (post) made a pilgrimage to Kyoto Station for Episode 7.

Episode 7

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The contemporary Kyoto Station (京都駅) design by Hara Hiroshi met with significant opposition when announced, its imposing and very modern aesthetic felt to be out of character with Kyoto’s history and sensibility. Now approaching its twentieth anniversary, it’s the only Kyoto Station I’ve ever known, and it’s hard for me to imagine a trip to the city without the mental image of this structure.

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Back when I started blogging about cities and transit years ago, one of my earliest approaches was based on the thinking that world class transit infrastructure was not just about connectivity and convenience (both of which are prerequisites), but also highly visible and frequently utilized civic space. Kyoto Station is a good exemplar of a transit hub that gets this right, with its multiple plazas and platforms that can be converted to event space. I’ve often been munching on a morning sugar burst in front of the second floor Mister Donut, unwittingly becoming audience to a concert or wedding from my balcony perch.

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Keihan Rokujizō Station (京阪六地蔵駅)

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Uji National Highway fumikiri (宇治国道踏切), the last grade level railroad crossing before Keihan Uji Station

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Todō Senior High School (莵道高校)

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Kyoto Station

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The Kita Uji concert is setup on an upper level plaza, but with the wide open central space and vaulted glass ceiling, sound from here will reverberate throughout the station.

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Prefectural Uji Park intersection (府立宇治公園前交差点)

Flip Flappers

(フリップフラッパーズ Furippu Furappāzu)

@fureshima compiled a Street View tour of locations in Motomiya and Kōriyama, Fukushima Prefecture for Episode 7.

Opening Credits

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Possible: Nunobiki Highlands Wind Farm (郡山布引高原風力発電所) in Kōriyama (郡山), Fukushima Prefecture

I’ve been watching Flip Flappers just out of enjoyment. Given the heavy fantasy element, I had intended to leave it alone with regard to the weekly, even should a few real locations pop up. That changed this week, with some really interesting material, almost all of which was identified by @fureshima, who pays particular attention to works with settings based in Fukushima Prefecture.

Director Oshiyama Kiyotaka (押山清高) indicates he is from Motomiya (本宮), Fukushima Prefecture on his Facebook page. Most of the real locations used in Episode 7 are found in Motomiya.

For clarity, only the screen captures with likely or confirmed identifications have captions under them in this entry.

Episode 7

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

This cake is from the Romio Kaisei shop (Romio 開成店) in Kōriyama.

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Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

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Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Mizuiro Park (みずいろ公園) in Motomiya

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

The cream and jam filled hot dog bun is believed to be from Murayama Bakery (ムラヤマベーカリー) in Motomiya.

[Credit: @pyonkichi_f, Twitter]

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Mizuiro Park

The “Café au lait” milk drink is produced by Rakuō Nyūgyō (酪王乳業), based in Kōriyama.

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Mizuiro Park

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Fashion Center Shimamura Motomiya shop (ファッションセンターしまむら本宮店)

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Fashion Center Shimamura Motomiya shop

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Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Fukushima Prefectural Route 17 Kōriyama Railyard Line scramble crossing (福島県道17号郡山停車場線スクランブル交差点). That’s a mouthful.

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Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Adatara Jinja (安達太良神社) in Motomiya

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Adatara Jinja

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Adatara Jinja

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Overpass crossing the Tōhoku Main Line (東北本線) is a connecting road that links the Motomiya Interchange (本宮インターチェンジ) and Ōshū Kaidō (奥州街道), one of the five routes of the Edo period.

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Motomiya Station (本宮駅)

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Motomiya Station

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Gohyakugawa Station (五百川駅). These are adjacent stations on the Tōhoku Main Line.

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Embankment along the Abukuma River (阿武隈川), on the north side of the Prefectural Route 73 (県道73号線) viaduct in Motomiya

[Credit: @louislct, Twitter]

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Abukuma River

Poco’s Udon World

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

Episode 7

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Sōta and Poko return from Tokyo back to Takamatsu (高松), Kagawa Prefecture, traversing the Great Seto Bridge (瀬戸大橋) by train en route.

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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

Uehara-ya head shop (上原屋本店) in Ritsurin-chō (栗林町), Takamatsu

[Credit: @tetsuya_0427, Twitter]

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Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Ritsurin Garden (栗林公園)

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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

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Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

The printed towel with local train lines is a real souvenir sold in Takamatsu.

[Credit: @tetsuya_0427, Twitter]

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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 Angel Road (エンジェルロード) and Shōdoshima (小豆島)

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March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Shinkawa, Tsukishima and Tsukuda, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 7.

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March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Takabashi (高橋)

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March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Shinkawa (新川)

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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 (月島)

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 (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

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

Kamejima River flood gate (亀島川水門)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda (small) Bridge

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 Bridge (佃大橋)

Yuri!!! On ICE

(ユーリ!!! on ICE Yūri on Aisu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Saga Shimbun published an article about use of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture as a model for the setting of Yuri!!! On ICE.

@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage to Karatsu, Saga Prefecture for Episode 4.

Episode 7

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Capital Indoor Stadium (首都体育馆) in Beijing, China

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing

[Credit: @Surwill, Twitter]

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Palais des Sports in Paris, France

The Great Passage

(舟を編む Fune o Amu)

Episode 6

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Munatsukizaka (胸突坂) in Hongō Kikuzaka (本郷菊坂), Bunkyō Ward

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

Munatsukizaka

WWW.WAGNARIA!!

(WWW.WORKING!!)

Episode 8

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

Game Panic Kōfu (ゲームパニック甲府) in Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture

[Credit: @animeseichi, Twitter]

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

Update 2016/11/30: Bikkuri Donkey, Date shop (びっくりドンキー 伊達店) in Date, Hokkaidō Prefecture

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Nikkei Style published an article about early pilgrimage to Hiroshima for Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (In This Corner of the World). It talks about using augmented reality smartphone apps to facilitate touring, which is not a new thing, but may be particularly meaningful in this case. The film uses historical photographs as a basis to depict the city before it was destroyed by atomic bombing. While pilgrims can track down GPS coordinates, many of the locations may only have a few remaining clues that link them back to scenes from the film.

Japan Times published an article about the candidate list of 30 buzzwords for 2016 created by publishing house Jiyukokuminsha, which includes both the term seichijunrei and film title Kimi no Na wa. (Ranking on Jiyukokuminsha site)

dot. published an article about the record 130,000 attendance at the 2016 Oarai Ankou Matsuri. The growth from 40,000 when the festival was first held in 1998 is attributed in large part to fans of Girls und Panzer. The article quotes Hokkaido University professor Yamamura Takayoshi, a preeminent researcher in anime tourism, explaining his hypothesis that anime pilgrimage locations across the board have benefited from a knock-on effect from Kimi no Na wa., which has induced pilgrimage behavior beyond the niche base into broader, more casual practice.

EconomicNews published an article about the economic boost, estimated at 25.3 billion yen, from pop culture tourism to Gifu Prefecture induced by Kimi no Na wa., Koe no Katachi and children’s film Rudorufu to Ippaiattena.

Mantanweb published an article about Kadokawa’s Anime Tourism 88-Stop Pilgrimage. There aren’t any new developments, but the article does include a high level explanation of pop culture tourism and uses examples from Lucky Star and Slam Dunk, two titles that have appeared high on the preliminary ranking results. It also describes the strong and rising interest by tourists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China, groups that will be likely be targeted in Japan’s push to increase inbound tourism.

@mikehattsu encountered the Yamanote Line train outfitted with advertising for the Love Live! μ’s Final Love Live! ~μ’sic Forever♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪~ Blu-ray release. He rode from Akihabara all the way to Yoyogi in order to explore each car. Good job!

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture for Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Nogata, Nakano Ward; Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward; and Tokyo Station for Girlish Number.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Ebisu and Daikanyama, Shibuya Ward; Nogata; Ikebukuro; and Tokyo Station (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Girlish Number.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@ewi made a pilgrimage to Hida, Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6) to Sakura and Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Kin-iro Mosaic and Hello!! Kin-iro Mosaic.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Narita International Airport for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.