The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

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

Asahi Shimbun published an article about the reopening of Suzumiya Haruhi meeting place Cafe Dream at its new location in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture.

MyNavi News published an article about fan exchange meetings in Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture, which lends its name to one of the characters in Haikyū!! Furudate Haruichi, the author of the manga source material, is from Iwate.

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Episode 12

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An unexpected opportunity to have the tourism board’s efforts at machi okoshi (町おこし town revitalization) showcased on a regional television program seems at first to be a great chance to boost the planned founding celebration.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

A-COOP Nanto Sefure (Aコープなんとセフレ)

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Interviews with the staff and b-roll are all shot in the town and on the premises of local businesses.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

However when the director, despite having grown up in Manoyama, expresses his frustration that the narratives of the staff don’t provide the drama he desires, it’s the first foreshadowing that the television program will not present the team and town in the way they had anticipated.

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

Though the director comes off as impatient with the tourism board, his frustration comes from a similar place as Yoshino’s. Outsiders as well as locals who have lived elsewhere before returning to their hometown are not bound by institutional and individual inertia. They may see opportunities and have appetites for risk that entrenched forces do not.

The offer from the director to invite a popular band to perform at the festival is an interesting twist. Though it will help draw a larger crowd to Manoyama, it’s already clear that a high-profile attraction like this will divert attention from the tourism board’s promotional events, which are primary purpose of the celebration.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

A tipping point for Yoshino and the tourism board comes at the shōtengai meeting. She has built up enough goodwill with local business owners that several volunteer to support her request of help in filling a resource shortfall for the upcoming festival. Shōtengai head Oribe is willing to take a risk for the tourism board’s sake and commit the merchants association to funding and participation.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Jōhana Station (城端駅)

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 a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Episode 12.

Uchōten Kazoku continues to be part of functions at Shimogamo Jinja and beyond:

Episode 12

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Iebe-Tokeiten Building (家邊徳時計店ビル)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Shijō-ōhashi (四条大橋)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Iebe-Tokeiten Building

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

Shinmachi-dōri (新町通) between Sanjō-dōri (三条通) and Rokkaku-dōri (六角通)

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

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

Hakuchiku-dō (白竹堂)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Iebe-Tokeiten Building

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

Kamo River delta (鴨川デルタ)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kyoto Hotel Okura (京都ホテルオークラ)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Tanukidanisan Fudō-in (狸谷山不動院)

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 11.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe for multiple episodes.

Episode 11

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Taishō Roman Yume-dōri (大正浪漫夢通り)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Shingashi River (新河岸川)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Hikawa-bashi (氷川橋)

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

Takushi Park (濯紫公園)

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

Dōkan-bashi (道灌橋)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Hikawa Jinja (氷川神社)

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

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

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 (updated gallery) to Tokyo Station and ??? for Episode 11.

Episode 11

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♭

Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma (三井アウトレットパーク 入間) in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture

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♭

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♭

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♭

Tokyo Station (東京駅)

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♭

Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線)

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♭

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 Shimokitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Hinako Note Episode 12.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations in Adachi Ward and Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Eromanga Sensei.

@anime_pq made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Re:CREATORS Episode 11 and Episode 12.

@kimchi_fuji made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Frame Arms Girl Episode 11.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Maeda-Minami Station in Kita-akita, Akita Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

@mi_kawana made a pilgrimage to Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru.