Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

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

Sankei Shimbun published an article about anime tourism to multiple regions during Japan’s Golden Week and beyond for Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~, Kimi no Na wa. and Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni.

Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about fan exchange meetings in Kumano, Mie Prefecture for Nagi no Asukara.

Asahi Shimbun (article) and Mainichi Shimbun (article) published stories about a series of posters produced by Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture in collaboration with Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru. The posters promote locations featured in the work and generate revenue for the city.

Nagasaki Shimbun published an article about a project team established in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture to examine potential for anime tourism promotion to areas in the city and vicinity. Relevant works include Kantai Collection, Sakamichi no Apollon and Barakamon.

Gifu Shimbun published an article about a seminar at Taishō University in Tokyo on anime tourism, in which Hida official Yokoyama Rie discussed the city’s hands off approach to promoting its connection with Kimi no Na wa.

MyNavi News conducted an internet survey about desired anime seichijunrei locations. The article includes selected responses to the questions of location and reason for travel.

@hanara_striker is a Butaitanbou Community member and contents tourism researcher. He presented a seminar on machi okoshi (town revitalization) in the context of Tamako Market, held on-location at the series’ real world model, the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto. The seminar coincided with a Tamako Market dōjinshi event in the shopping district, and included participation of fans, shōtengai members and shōtengai president Inoue Atsushi.

Cafe Dream opened on June 1 at its new location around the corner from the old one in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture. Suzumiya Haruhi fans have been circulating through to christen the new space and deliver well-wishes to the owner:

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Nanto, Toyama Prefecture and Yuwaku Onsen, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Episodes 1/5/7.

@y_n_erobia made a pilgrimage (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4) to Nanto for Episode 6 through Episode 8.

@doramatadoraemo made a pilgrimage (tweet) to Nanto for Episode 7.

Episode 9

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Cafe used as third place

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During this exchange with other patrons at the cafe, the team learns of Manoyama residents’ affection for sōmen—thin wheat noodles.

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With the insight that sōmen’s popularity is likely related to the large amount of wheat grown locally, the team finally hits on an appropriate theme for the planned C-class gourmet exhibition.

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Using local foodstuffs and integrating rather than competing with the shōtengai event soothes the nerves and meets approval of shōtengai head Oribe.

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Local community groups are invited to participate.

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Jōhana Station (城端駅)

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Tourism board head Kadota, usually the source of misinformation and turmoil, gets a sudden moment of clarity and wisdom as he explains the historical origin of local use of konbu: It isn’t harvested in Toyama Bay and Manoyama is not near any ocean, but the konbu was brought to the region during routine stops by ships from Hokkaidō on their trade route along the Sea of Japan coast. This story and the claim that Toyama Prefecture has the highest per capita consumption of konbu in Japan are pulled from real life. To my memory, this is the first time Sakura Quest has referred to Toyama by name.

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Oribe having a change of attitude toward the tourism board is a key inflection point. Hopefully we’ll see a more collaborative relationship between the two going forward.

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The Eccentric Family 2

(有頂天家族2 Uchōten Kazoku 2)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Episode 8.

@tesra1141 has an interesting theory about the background we see in Episode 7, in the scene where Jurōjin’s train rises above the city and harbor. He thinks, despite the inclusion of Kōbe Port Tower and Hotel Ōkura Kobe, that the land forms, coastline and lights resemble a vista of Lake Biwa viewed from Hieizan that has been inverted horizontally, rather than Osaka Bay viewed from Rokkō-san, as context would suggest:

The week in Uchōten Kazoku stuffed animals participating in Shimogamo Jinja functions:

Shimogamo Jinja apparently has real tanuki terrorizing its grounds:

—which didn’t go unnoticed by P.A.Works president Horikawa Kenji:

Episode 9

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Kyoto Tower (京都タワー)

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Kyoto Station (京都駅)

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

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Bon Bon Cafe (ボンボンカフェ) in Demachi

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kamo River delta (鴨川デルタ)

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

Bon Bon Cafe

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Seven Eleven Kyoto Aoibashi Teramachi shop (セブン-イレブン 京都葵橋寺町店)

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

View of The Shard and other London skyscrapers from Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath

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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

Coffee Tsutaya (珈琲 蔦家), at the corner of Rokkaku-dōri (六角通) and Higashinotōin-dōri (東洞院通)

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Chōhō-ji (頂法寺), commonly referred to as Rokkaku-dō (六角堂)

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

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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

Tsuki ga Kirei

(月がきれい)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made pilgrimages to Tokyo Dome City in Bunkyō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 7; and Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 8.

@Surwill compiled a combined Street View tour and on-location pilgrimage to Kawagoe for Episode 5 through Episode 8. Check out Wilhelm’s post for good background information on many of the locations in Episode 8.

Akane’s voice actress Kohara Konomi visited Hikawa Jinja, but was disappointed to find there are no wind chimes at present:

The show’s official Twitter account notes that the wind chimes will be available beginning in July:

Director Kishi Seiji shared his photographs of the wind chimes from the location hunt at the shrine:

Episode 8

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Kawagoe Kumano Jinja (川越熊野神社)

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Rokkenmachi (六軒町), Kawagoe

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Kashiya Yokochō (菓子屋横丁)

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Akane and Kotarō visit several souvenir shops in the historic warehouse district Kurazukuri no Machinami (蔵造りの町並み). The first is Kaji Omachi-dō (鍛冶小町堂).

All of these scenes feature detailed and faithful renderings of the interiors of the shops. If it wasn’t clear before, it ought to be pretty obvious at this point that Tsuki ga Kirei is not afraid to dip into heavy tourism promotion for Kawagoe. But it’s really wonderful artwork, nonetheless.

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Fuyūsha (布遊舎)

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Kawagoe Tsubaki no Kura (川越椿の蔵)

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Kaji Omachi-dō

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Fuyūsha

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Hikawa Jinja (氷川神社)

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Hikawa-bashi (氷川橋)

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Hikawa Jinja

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Renkei-ji (蓮馨寺)

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

@touyoko_com made pilgrimages to Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku Ward; Nishiogikita, Suginami Ward, Minami-Ōtsuka, Toshima Ward; and Nishitōkyō for Episode 7; and Takada, Toshima Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 8.

@ssslocation made pilgrimages to (updated gallery 1) Ariake, Koto Ward for Episode 6; and (updated gallery 2) Takada, Toshima Ward for Episode 8.

Episode 8

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

Grade level railroad crossing on the Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線), near the Gakushūinshita tram stop (学習院下停留場) in Takada, Toshima Ward, 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

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsume Yūjin-chō Roku.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku Ward and Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Re:CREATORS Episode 9.

@kimchi_fuji made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa and Hino, Tokyo Metropolis for Frame Arms Girl Episode 9 and Episode 10.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa for Frame Arms Girl Episode 10.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (updated gallery) to Hikifune, Sumida Ward; and Shinjuku for Seikai Suru Kado Episode 8.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@aga3104_keyaki made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for the Gabriel DropOut OVA.

@rimatai made a cycling pilgrimage to Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture for Long Riders!

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsume Yūjin-chō Go.

@yamagishi made a pilgrimage to Colmar, France for Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka??

@_lrdr made pilgrimages to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture and Chōfu, Tokyo Metropolis for The Idolmaster.