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 made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 8.

@mi_kawana made pilgrimages (updated post) to Uji and Kyoto Station through Episode 7.

@ewi made a pilgrimage to Kyoto Station for Episode 7.

Episode 8

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

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

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

A building used as the model for Kumiko’s manshon exists elsewhere in Uji.

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

But this narrow street she travels as she departs for school in the morning is near Uji Park intersection and Byōdō-in.

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

Uji Bridge (宇治橋)

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Todō Senior High School (莵道高校)

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Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Uji Bridge

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

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

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

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

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Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Almost, but not quite! To the best of my memory, we’ve never seen all of this large willow tree at the west end of Uji Bridge captured in one frame. We often get some of the branches on the edge of the frame or, as here, blended with the background. It’s quite large and striking when viewed up close.

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

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Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Todō Senior High School

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Bench along the Ajirogi no michi (あじろぎの道)

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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

No new pilgrimages this week, but the official Twitter account has been promoting many of the businesses and locations that have appeared in previous episodes:

Episode 8

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

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

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Takamatsu-Tonoshō Ferry (高松・土庄フェリー航路)

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

Tonoshō Port (土庄港) on Shōdoshima

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

Tonoshō Port Terminal (土庄港ターミナル)

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 iriko dashi (いりこだし)

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Hopefully this means that, after eight episodes, we’re actually going to look at making udon?

The Great Passage

(舟を編む Fune o Amu)

Episode 7

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

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Yayoi Gate (弥生門) on the University of Tokyo (東京大学) main campus in Hongō (本郷), Bunkyō Ward

[Credit: @teo_imperial, Twitter]

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

Yuri!!! On ICE

(ユーリ!!! on ICE Yūri on Aisu)

Episode 8

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Sheremetyevo International Airport (Международный Аэропорт Шеремéтьево) in Moscow, Russia

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Aerostar Hotel

[Credit: @russiancat12, Twitter]

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Собор Василия Блаженного)

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Luzhniki Small Sports Arena (Малая спортивная арена Лужники)

WWW.WAGNARIA!!

(WWW.WORKING!!)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ktism1228s made a pilgrimage to Date, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Episode 8.

Episode 9

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

Nishi-Nijūhatchōme Station (西28丁目駅) in Chūō Ward, Sapporo

Flip Flappers

(フリップフラッパーズ Furippu Furappāzu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

I believe there is a pilgrimage article in the pipeline from Beetle and possibly one from Fureshima, but in the meantime, a few fans have been sharing photos from visits to Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture for Episode 7:

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Walker Plus published an illustrated article introducing pilgrimage locations in Tsukuda and Tsukishima, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for 3-gatsu no Lion.

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Gendai Business published an article written by Hokkaido University professor Okamoto Ryosuke, explaining the trajectory of anime-induced tourism. He stresses the volunteer, self-initiated origins of the behavior and cautions that, though the potential tourism revenue opportunities are attractive, over commercialization and institutionalization by cities and regions, travel agencies and publishers could dilute the mystery solving and “hacking” elements that make butaitanbou and seichijunrei attractive to practitioners, leading to conflicts, cheapening of the experience and other unintended negative consequences.

Nihon Keizai Shimbun published an article about a Hida city budget proposal to create a sightseeing brochure and purchase advertising on long distance bus lines to induce more tourism to the city for Kimi no Na wa.

Asahi Shimbun published an article about junior high school students’ perspectives on pop culture tourism in Gifu Prefecture, mentioning Kimi no Na wa. and Rudorufu to Ippaiattena.

Asahi Shimbun published an article about an exhibition of Shinkai Makoto film background art at the Koumi Kōgen Museum of Art in Koumi, Nagano Prefecture, the creator’s hometown.

Nikkei Style published an article about domestic and inbound pop culture tourism to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer and Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Comic Natalie (article), AnimeAnime (article) and Netorabo (article) published stories about a promotional event for the second season of Uchōten Kazoku at Shimogamo Jinja in Kyoto on 2017 January 12. This will be the first anime related event held on the grounds of Shimogamo, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

RocketNews24 published an article about the 18.5 billion yen boost to tourism revenue in Hida resulting from Kimi no Na wa.

Otona Answer published an article introducing pilgrimage locations in Hida for Kimi no Na wa.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Narita, Chiba City and Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Kin’iro Mosaic Pretty Days. This is a special episode currently screening in theaters in Japan.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Sakura and Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Kin’iro Mosaic Pretty Days.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsume Yūjin-chō Go.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji, Musashino and Hirai, Edogawa Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Stella no Mahō.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (updated gallery) to Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Stella no Mahō.

@rimatai made a combined Street View and on-the-ground pilgrimage from Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis through Yamato and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Long Riders!

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Atago, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Girlish Number.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Hyogo Prefecture; and Arashiyama, Kyoto for Keijo!!!!!!!!

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Mitaka Station in Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture for Amanchu!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7) to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

@mikehattsu continues his series of pilgrimage (post 1) to Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Kin’iro Mosaic and Hello!! Kin’iro Mosaic.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Katsuragi, Wakayama Prefecture for Non Non Biyori.