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 11.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Kyoto City and Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 1.

Episode 11

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Todō Senior High School (莵道高校)

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Keihan Rokujizō Station (京阪六地蔵駅)

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Uji Bridge (宇治橋)

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Reina and Kumiko meet at the east end of the Asagiri Bridge (朝霧橋), in front of the Uji Jūjō Monument (宇治十帖モニュメント), one of many markers sprinkled around Uji indicating significant locations used in The Tale of Genji.

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Uji Jinja (宇治神社)

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Daikichiyama (大吉山)

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Kanryū Bridge (観流橋) is not far from the Asagiri Bridge, but this is the first time it has appeared in the series.

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Uji Jinja

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Amagase Dam (天ヶ瀬ダム) has been hinted at several times and was used in the cover art for the Season 1 soundtrack, but this is the first time it appears in the series.

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Amagase Memorial Park (天ヶ瀬メモリアル公園)

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Hakkō Bridge (白虹橋)

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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 pilgrimages to (post 1) Tsukuda for Episode 3; (post 2) Sendagaya and Asakusa for Episode 9; and to (post 3) Kasumigaokamachi for Episode 10.

Episode 10

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Chūō Bridge (中央大橋)

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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

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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

Sotobori (外堀)

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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

Sendagaya Station (千駄ケ谷駅)

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The colors on the JR trains Rei uses shift among many shades of yellow and orange to reflect different weather and time of day. Normally, this wouldn’t be cause for confusion, but the two primary trains running on this trunk line are differentiated by these same colors: orange for the Chūō Line (Rapid) (中央線快速) and yellow for the Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線) local service. From Tokyo Station, Rei can change from the rapid to the local at either Ochanomizu or Yotsuya. By the time he disembarks at Sendagaya Station, it can only be the local train, as the rapid makes no stops between Yotsuya and Shinjuku.

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

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View of Shinjuku from the Japan Shōgi Association (日本将棋連盟) in Sendagaya (千駄ヶ谷)

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March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

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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

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

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

Kasumigaoka Square (霞丘広場) was part of Meiji Park (明治公園), but is now closed and under construction as one of several areas that will be integrated into the grounds for the main stadium in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I walked around this area a few months ago on a pilgrimage for Kimi no Na wa. and noted rapid change underway in preparation for the games.

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

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 (updated post, new post) to Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture through Episode 10.

Episode 11

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Takamatsu (高松), Kagawa Prefecture

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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

Though called the Kagawa Takamatsu Matsuri in the show, this is likely a nod to the Sanuki Takamatsu Matsuri (さぬき高松まつり), the city’s largest annual festival.

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Nishi Nippon Broadcasting announcer Okuda Mai (奥田麻衣) as herself:

https://twitter.com/maiokuda/status/810374069161820161

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

Yuri!!! On ICE

(ユーリ!!! on ICE Yūri on Aisu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Saga Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism to Karatsu, Saga Prefecture for Yuri!! on ICE.

Episode 11

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Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Barcelona Princess Hotel

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Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

The Great Passage

(舟を編む Fune o Amu)

Episode 10

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Nihon Tokka Shoseki (日本特価書籍)

[Credit: @animeseichi, Twitter]

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Special Items

Media and General Interest

dot. published an article about the emergence of smartphone augmented reality apps that facilitate seichijunrei, and the role these may play in the further development of business models for pop culture tourism.

JR Tokai (press release, Gifu Shimbun article) will sell limited edition TOICA IC transit cards to commemorate its 3oth anniversary. Of the three planned designs, two feature scenes from Shinkai Makoto film Kimi no Na wa.

Shimotsuke Shimbun published an article about renewal of tourism interest to Iwafune Station in Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture for Shinkai film Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters Per Second).

Fans of the Suzumiya Haruhi series gathered at Cafe Dream in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original broadcast of the first anime adapatation of the light novel:

@ts_kobaya gave an interview to public television network ARTE France about anime pilgrimage induced by Kimi no Na wa.:

Future Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (gallery 1, gallery 2) to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Minami Kamakura Kōkō Joshi Jitensha-Bu, premiering 2017 January.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@rimatai made pilgrimages to (post 1) Yabitsutōge in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture; and (post 2) a cycling route from Edogawa Ward, Tokyo Metropolis to Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture for Long Riders!

@Surwill compiled a combined Google Street View and on-site pilgrimage to locations in Europe that are the basis for settings in Shūmatsu no Izetta, including Innsbruck (the main setting) and Kummenberg, Austria; Zürich, Switzerland; Lindau and Berlin, Germany; Sogn og Fjordane, Norway; and London, England.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture for Kuromukuro.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Fuchū, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

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

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Season 1 and Season 2.

@mikehattsu continues his pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Mount Takao in Hachiōji, Tokyo Metropolis for Yama no Susume.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Hanasaku Iroha.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Lucky Star.