Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

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.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

(小林さんちのメイドラゴン Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture and Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 6 and Episode 8.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Higashi-Nihonbashi for Episode 8.

@Surwill complied a Street View tour of locations in Koshigaya and Higashi-Nihonbashi for Episode 3 through Episode 6.

Episode 8

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

A cooking challenge pits Tōru and Kobayashi, and their respective shopping styles against each other. Tōru heads to the shōtengai—

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

—Kobayashi to the modern supermarket.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Just south of Koshigaya City Hall (越谷市役所)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Higashi-Nihonbashi (東日本橋), Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

In reality, the meat shop location is a small parking lot.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@high__k rounded up more Kyoto scenes from Episode 19 and Episode 20

Episode 20

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Kyoto Hotel Okura (京都ホテルオークラ)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Looking east on Yasaka-dōri, with Hōkan-ji (法観寺) in the background

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

Kyoto Station (京都駅)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

(昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-)

Episode 9

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Awnings and temporary heavy plastic enclosures allow these small izakaya to continue open shopfront service through the winter months. They’re more permanent than a yatai, but not as closed off as a formal restaurant.

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Prison gate inspired by designs of architect Yamashita Keijirō (山下啓次郎)

[Credit: @sivuchllow, Twitter]

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Asakusa Public Hall (浅草公会堂)

[Credit: @sivuchllow, Twitter]

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen 昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Sankei Shimbun published a long article reviewing recent trends in anime induced tourism, citing examples of fan engament from Kimi no Na wa., Lucky Star, Girls und Panzer and Saki, and a summary of discussion topics from the 2017 National Anime Seichijunrei Summit in Yoshino.

The city of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture has rolled out a local promotional campaign including bus and train wrappings, and a stamp rally, in advance of Kamiyama Kenji theatrical film Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~, premiering March 18. Media coverage: RBB Today, Sanyo Shimbun (article 1, article 2, article 3), Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun (article 1, article 2), MyNavi News.

Saga Shimbun published an article about opening day events for a two month long tourism promotion campaign in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, a collaboration between the city, prefecture and Yūri!!! on ICE production committee.

Izu Shimbun published an article about fans of Natsuiro Kiseki petitioning the city of Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture to reopen a hot spring footbath that appeared in the series.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@tenohira17 made a pilgrimage to to Mishima, Numazu and Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture for the PV to the third Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours single “HAPPY PARTY TRAIN”.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Mishima and Izunokuni for “HAPPY PARTY TRAIN”.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tokyo locations for the PV to Kakuchō Shōjo-kei Trinary, scheduled to premiere 2017 Spring.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Hinako Note, premiering 2017 April.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Tama and Yoyogi, Tokyo Metropolis for Kuzu no Honkai Episode 8.

@Surwill compiled a combined Street View tour and on-location pilgrimage to Osaka for Hand Shakers.

@Surwill compled a Street View tour of locations in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Demi-chan wa Kataritai.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@dotproducer made a comprehensive pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Niiza, Saitama Prefecture; and (post 2) Kotakechō, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimo no Uso.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Tōyako, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Odaiba, Tokyo for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Musashi-Yamato Station in Higashimurayama, Tokyo Metropolis for the first OVA to Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Tanashi Station in Nishitokyo, Tokyo Metropolis for Hidamari Sketch × 365.