Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

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.

Media and General Interest

@kbt_tigers1985 published a report about Suzumiya Haruhi location and fan meeting place Cafe Dream in Nishinomiya, including photos and clippings from newspaper print edition stories about the closing of the old location on May 10, as well as an update on preparations at the soon to open new location nearby.

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Episode 8

This week returns to local agriculture and foodstuffs. Shiori’s family has a farm, but it’s more of a side business, as they have other sources of income.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

At the family dinner table, discussion turns to what Yoshino calls C-class gourmet (C級グルメ). I was already familiar with B-class gourmet, foods that are well made but inexpensive, commonly eaten, popular and have local characteristics. Ramen, gyoza, yakitori, etc. can be B-class gourmet. I hadn’t heard of C-class, so did a quick search. Most of discussion seems to be people making things up. The only consensus is that it’s even less sophisticated. Make of that what you will.

Yoshino is inspired by the homemade dishes to explore promoting Manoyama agricultural products through a C-class gourmet exhibition.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Meanwhile, Kadota has unilaterally made an additional order for chupacabra manjū. This new batch is less expensive, but does not use local ingredients as the original batch did.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

The team tries to come up with ideas for C-class gourmet dishes. As usual, rather than first asking around for guidance, they throw themselves at the task without really thinking through the requirements or spirit of the project.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Kumano, a local chef who went off to study cooking abroad before returning home has opened a restaurant.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Kumano offers to help them with sourcing local ingredients.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Oribe, the shōtengai head, is irate that the tourism board scheduled its exhibition without informally consulting with the merchants association, resulting in conflicting events.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

The Eccentric Family 2

(有頂天家族2 Uchōten Kazoku 2)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Uchōten Kaozku now fully integrated into life and community obligations of Shimogamo Jinja:

Episode 8

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Akitsuki-bashi (秋月橋)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Cafe Woody Town (カフェウッディタウン) on Shimogamo-hondōri (下鴨本通), just outside Shimogamo Jinja on the west wide

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Cafe used as third place

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Shimogamo Jinja (下鴨神社)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Sannen-zaka (三年坂)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

North end of Matsubara-dōri (松原通)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Teramachi Senmontenkai Shōtengai (寺町専門店会商店街)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

This building, near the Ebisugawa power plant, was once part of the flood control infrastructure for the canal system. It’s now a swimming club, the Kyoto Tōsuikai (京都踏水会).

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Rojioku Nagomiya (路地奥 なごみや) on Kiyamachi-dōri

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Izakaya used as third place

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Rokudō Chin’nō-ji (六道珍皇寺)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Shimogamo Jinja

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Tanukidanisan Fudō-in (狸谷山不動院)

Tsuki ga Kirei

(月がきれい)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Kōraku, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 7.

@fureshima made pilgrimages to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 6 and the second OP.

Episode 7

Almost the entire episode is set in Tokyo Dome City (東京ドームシティ), a large entertainment complex in Bunkyō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, specifically the amusement park Tokyo Dome City Attractions (東京ドームシティアトラクションズ).

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Hakusan-dōri (白山通り), just north of the Suidōbashi intersection (水道橋交差点)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (東京地下鉄丸ノ内線) pulling into Kōrakuen Station (後楽園駅)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

LaQua is a spa across the street from the amusement park.

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Seibu Shinjuku Line (西武新宿線)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

We’re fairly certain that Seibu is involved with the production to some extent, hence the reappearance of the Shinjuku Line. The funny thing is, for a trip between Kawagoe and Tokyo Dome City it makes more sense to take the Tōbu Tōjō Line. For the same price, the trip time is about 15 minutes shorter, even after adding a 10 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe Station to Kawagoeshi Station.

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat

(冴えない彼女の育てかた♭[フラット] Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata Furatto)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku Ward; Nishiogikita, Suginami Ward, Minami-Ōtsuka, Toshima Ward; and Nishitōkyō (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 7.

Episode 7

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線)

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Waseda tram stop (早稲田停留場)

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Nishiogikita (西荻北), Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Tully’s Coffee, Ōtsuka shop (タリーズコーヒー 大塚店) in Minami-Ōtsuka, Toshima Ward

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Cafe used as third place

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Ōtsuka-ekimae tram stop (大塚駅前停留場) in Minami-Ōtsuka

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Fujimizaka (富士見坂) in Takada, Toshima Ward

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Nozokizaka (のぞき坂) in Takada (高田), Toshima Ward

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Komeda Kissaten, Hōya shop (コメダ珈琲店保谷店) in Fujimachi, Nishitōkyō, Tokyo Metropolis

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Harajuku, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture  for Alice to Zōroku Episode 7.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations in Harajuku and Yokohama for Alice to Zōroku Episode 6 and Episode 7.

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to locations in Shinjuku Ward and Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Alice to Zōroku Episode 1 through Episode 6.

@ssslocation made pilgrimages for Re:CREATORS to (updated post 1) Tateishi, Kamakura and Yotsugi, Katsushika Ward for Episode 6; (post 2) Yotsugi, and Asagaya and Kōenji, Suginami Ward for Episode 7; (post 3) Akihabara, Chiyoda Ward and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward for Episode 8.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (updated gallery) to Tachikawa and Hino, Tokyo Metropolis for Frame Arms Girl Episode 9.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Aomori Prefecture for Clannad After Story.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Zōshigaya, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Clannad.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture for Omoide Poro Poro (Only Yesterday).