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

@626shin created a photo essay from a day spent in Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture with @METALLUCA666 as the latter repaired several anime character tobidashibōya (飛び出し坊や) and created two new ones.

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Episode 11

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Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Jōhana Sakura Line (城端さくら線)

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Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

The two new points of interest this week are modeled on real places, but they come from separate locations.

The Sakuragaike Climbing Center (桜ヶ池クライミングセンター) is in Tatenohara-Higashi, Nanto, almost across the street from the P.A.Works studio. [Credit: @touyoko_com, Twitter]

The Sankyoson observation platform (散居村展望台) is in Tonami (砺波), Toyama Prefecture, the city adjacent to Nanto to the east. [Credit: @West_G24, Twitter]

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South end of Yōkamachi-dōri (八日町通り) in Inami (井波), Nanto

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Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji (井波別院瑞泉寺)

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While there doesn’t yet appear to be a clear real world match for this location, there is a small island with shrine in Sakuragaike that has some suspicious similarities:

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Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Jōhana Station (城端駅)

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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

@ye_bi_su made pilgrimages to Arima Onsen in Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture; and Inokashira Park in Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 6; Utazu, Kagawa Prefecture; Komatsushima, Tokushima Prefecture; and Kyoto for Episode 10.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Utazu, Kagawa Prefecture; and Komatsushima, Tokushima Prefecture for Episode 10.

@Surwill compiled combined Street View tour and on-location archive images of locations in Arima, Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture; Kagawa Prefecture; Kyoto; Tokyo; and London for Episode 5/6/8/9/10.

Episode 11

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

Kyoto Tōsuikai (京都踏水会)

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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

Seto-ōhashi (瀬戸大橋)

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

Kinchō Jinja (金長神社)

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

From the first season, we know that the entrance and front bar of Akegarasu is modeled on Nostalgia (ノスタルジア), though the infinite tunnel at the back is a fiction. The underground bar is entered from a small door on Kawaramachi-dōri (河原町通), between Oike-dōri and Sanjō-dōri.

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The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kamo River (鴨川)

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Shijō-ōhashi (四条大橋)

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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 a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 10.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe for Episode 8.

Director Kishi Seiji shared photographs from the location hunt during the previous Kawagoe Matsuri:

He also notes that you can go listen to the musicians practicing at Kawagoe Kumano Jinja on the third Sunday of every month:

Episode 10

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Kawagoe Shintomichō Shōtengai (川越新富町商店街)

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Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Kawagoe Line (川越線)

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The mikoshi belonging to Kawagoe Kumano Jinja (川越熊野神社) and the participants in the festival are blessed at the shrine as the Kawagoe Matsuri (川越祭り) gets underway.

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Kurazukuri no Machinami (蔵造りの町並み)—warehouse district

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Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Hon-Kawagoe Station (本川越駅)

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Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Renkei-ji (蓮馨寺)

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Kawagoe Kumano Jinja

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Kurazukuri no Machinami

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Kanetsuki-dori (鐘つき通り) and the Bell of Time (時の鐘 Toki no Kane)

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Kurazukuri no Machinami

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Kawagoe Shintomichō Shōtengai

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Hikawa-bashi (氷川橋)

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Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

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 a pilgrimage to Hatoba Park in Tsukiji, Chūō Ward; Minami-Ōtsuka and Takada, Toshima Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 10.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tsukiji for Episode 10.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Kyu-Furukawa Teien in Nishigahara, Kita Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Season 1 and Season 2.

Episode 10

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

Utaha and Eriri are standing between the Sumida River and Hatoba Park (はとば公園) in Tsukiji, Chūō Ward. The promenade itself is part of the Sumidagawa Terrace (隅田川テラス), flood control embankments that double as public space along the river between Arakawa Ward and Chūō 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♭

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♭

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♭

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♭

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

@anime_pq made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Re:CREATORS Episode 9 and Episode 10.

@kimchi_fuji (updated post) and @ssslocation (updated gallery) made pilgrimages to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Frame Arms Girl Episode 12.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Yoyogi Station, Shibuya and Shinjuku (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Kimi no Na wa.

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for the High School Fleet OVA.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture for Orange.

@york21c made a pilgrimage to Kamishihoro, Hokkaidō Prefecture and a journey on the Sunflower Sapporo ferry from Tomakomai to Ōarai for Girls & Panzer Gekijōban.

@LyricalCygnus made a pilgrimage to Okinawa for Love Live!

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Komoro, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@_lrdr made a pilgrimage to Tokyo for The Idolmaster.

@mi_kawana made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Tokyo and Chiba City for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.