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

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.

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

@ssslocation made pilgrimages to Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 9; and Ningyōchō Station in Nihonbashi, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 11.

Episode 11

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

Year end sales bring a lively crowd to the shōtengai.

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

Many older, smaller shōtengai still hold this kind of prize lottery, either at the end of the calendar year or during special events. Sometimes tickets can be bought, though often they are given as rewards in proportion to a shopper’s buying volume over the course of the year, as in Tōru’s case.

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

Ningyōchō Station (人形町駅) in Nihonbashi, 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

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

Hatsumōde (初詣), the first shrine or temple visit of the new year

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

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

No one has found any solid leads as to the identity of this shine (it may, as with the shōtengai, not be a real location). However, the chest of drawers containing omikuji does look very similar to the one at Sensō-ji in Asakusa, one of the most popular locations for hatsumōde visits in Tokyo.

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

Hatsuhinode (初日の出), first sunrise of the new year

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

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

(昭和元禄落語心中 -助六再び篇-)

Episode 12

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

Tōbu Skytree Line (東武スカイツリーライン)

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

Sumida Park (隅田公園). The street that bounds the park on the west side of the river is named Sukeroku Yume-dōri (助六夢通り).

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-

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-

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-

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

Azuma Bridge (吾妻橋)

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

Kadokawa revealed a preliminary list (news release) for its Anime Tourism 88-stop Pilgrimage initiative at AnimeJapan 2017, with a final list to be presented in 2017 July. The current list includes many of the usual suspects—plenty of works by Kyoto Animation, P.A.Works and A-1 Pictures—and doesn’t appear to be too stacked in favor of Kadokawa properties. There appears to be recency bias, many of the works were produced in just the past five years, and there are only a few works that are 10 years or older. There are also a few works that are unfamiliar to me, and a handful that haven’t been released yet. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out in the final count.

Mainichi Shimbun pusblished an article about marketing collateral for tourism to Hida, Gifu Prefecture featuring large images of scenes from Kimi no Na wa. on high-speed long-distance buses.

Sankei Shimbun published an article speculating whether tourists would come to visit Miyamizu Jinja in Hinokage, Miyazaki Prefecture (the only shrine with this name in Japan) due to the coincidence of sharing its name with lead character Miyamizu Mitsuha from Kimi no Na wa. Several shrines in Gifu Prefecture have been identified as contributing some visual elements to the film setting, though there are still yet unknown details. The shrine in Hinokage does not appear to match up with any from the film.

Asahi Shimbun published an article about annual fan pilgrimages to the Yayoi-ken restaurant in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture every March 25 in observance of the fictional birthday of character Takatsuki Yayoi from The Idolmaster.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for the PV to film Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome, premiering 2017 April.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Tsukishima, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for 3-gatsu no Lion Episode 17.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture for Kuzu no Honkai Episode 11.

@keihi49 (post) and @aga3104_keyaki (post) made pilgrimages to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Gabriel DropOut Episode 11.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu for Gabriel DropOut multiple episodes.

@Barnirun made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Osaka for Hand Shakers Episode 10 and Episode 11.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Masamune-kun no Revenge Episode 9.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@hirorin7733 made a pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

@mashiro2009 made a pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@ktism1228s made a pilgrimage to (post 1, post 2) Yokohama and Tokyo locations for The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls.

@tianlangxing made pilgrimages (updated post) to Kumamoto, Fukuoka and Tokyo locations for his long-running article series on Natsume Yūjin-chō.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga, Hokkaido Prefecture for Yoru no Yatterman.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Tsuritama.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Honey and Clover.