Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

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

WebNewtype published an article about the Lucky Star mikoshi and anime fan participation at the 2017 Hajisai at Washinomiya Jinja in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture.

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Episode 24

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

After a very brief period of dwelling on the implications of the pending absorption of Manoyama into a larger nearby city, for the most part the cast, even long-term Manoyama residents, seem to accept the news without protest and continue with business as usual. As is frequently the case, and as is pointed out through the dialog, this kind of change is primarily administrative. Having infrastructure and certain public services managed out of a central office does not necessarily translate to a loss of local culture in the absorbed areas. The lack of vibrancy in downtown Manoyama is the much more dire and immediate threat to its culture, a threat which would exist regardless of the presence or absence of the town merger plan. One wonders what the purpose was of introducing this plot twist so late in the story.

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

The television producer from earlier comes to warn the tourism board about a new proposal from his network to be involved with the festival revival, fearing that the head producer will once again co-opt Manoyama for his own purposes.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

In the subsequent meeting, though Yoshino is willing to push back and offer alternatives, Kadota unilaterally decides he doesn’t want any outside interference. Manoyama will revive its festival on its own terms.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Though a broadcast television platform would have had definite upsides, the tourism board continues to make use of web-based media and communications platforms to get its messages out.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

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Kumano is inspired by the new bakery moving into the shōtengai to consider setting up a second restaurant business along the same street.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Cleaning up the festival grounds unexpectedly reveals a record of the architects and builders of the reservoir, including Sandal’s great grandparents.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

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The festival procession begins at Jōhana Station (城端駅)

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

The mikoshi is carried through the shōtengai.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

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Inami (井波), Nanto

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Kadota proposes that a sister city agreement with the city of Sandal’s great grandparents may help stave off the absorption of Manoyama.

New Game!!

(ニューゲーム!! Nyū Gēmu!!)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Minami-Asagaya, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 10.

Episode 11

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@anime_pq made a pilgrimage to Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture for Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?

@ts_kobaya made a pilgrimage to Waseda, Shinjuku Ward; and Akihabara (Soto-Kanda), Chiyoda Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis); and Minamiurawa, Minami Ward, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture for Nana Maru San Batsu.

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to Meguro Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; Asaka, Saitama Prefecture; and Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture for Gamers!

@Surwill made a pilgrimage (post 2) to Meguro Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Gamers!

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Kiyose Station in Kiyose, Tokyo Metropolis for Re:CREATORS Episode 20 and Episode 21.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 (post) and @11922911Rinngo (post) made pilgrimages to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Tsuki ga Kirei.

@anime_pq made a pilgrimage to Tendō, Yamagata Prefecture for Sangatsu no Lion.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Nagashima Spa Land in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

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

@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture for Kizumonogatari I Tekketsu-hen.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Sōbetsu, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@anime_pq made a pilgrimage to Ginzan Onsen in Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (post 9) to Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to London, England for Hidan no Aria.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to London and Brighton, England for Eiga K-On!

@And3rgraund made a pilgrimage to Cuenca, Spain for So Ra No Wo To.