March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

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.

Special Note: This issue compresses two weeks into one post.

Media and General Interest

Anime News Network published an article exploring studio P.A.Works’ history of community engagement and regional revitalization through incorporation of rural settings in its original anime productions.

@Surwill published a report from the 2017 Bonbori Matsuri, the fictional festival from Hanasaku Iroha that became a real annual event, now in its seventh iteration, held in Yuwaku Onsen, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.

Tetsudō Channel published a review of a special edition of magazine Tabi to Tetsudō, titled Anime to Tetsudō, which will be released in 2017 December. The entire issue devoted to trains and railroad assets that appear in anime follows popular special features on the topic that appeared in earlier issues of the magazine.

Animate Times (article), Cinema Today (article) and Akiba Sōken (article) published stories about an official Yūri!! on ICE course in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture by Tasci Tours to be offered over several days in 2017 November.

Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2

(ラブライブ! サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain!!)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@habusan (updated Story Guide) made pilgrimages to Izunokuni and Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 3.

Episode 3

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Numazu Nagaisaki Junior High School (沼津市立長井崎中学校)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Kanō Dome (狩野ドーム) in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Shuzenji Niji no Sato (修善寺虹の郷), a theme park in Izu

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Numazu Nagaisaki Junior High School

Episode 4

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Awashima (淡島)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Plaza Verde (プラザヴェルデ)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Central Park (中央公園)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Numazu Ōtemachi Shōtengai (沼津大手町商店街)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Izu Mito Sea Paradise (伊豆・三津シーパラダイス)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ! サンシャイン!!

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made pilgrimages to Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 24; and Tsukishima, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 25.

Episode 24

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Kasumigaokamachi (霞ヶ丘町), Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Much of this area is undergoing extensive redevelopment in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but these scenes are captured in Street View images from the past.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Hakone-Yumoto Station (箱根湯本駅) in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel (湯本富士屋ホテル) in Hakone

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

My guess is Ginza, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Hakone-Yumoto Station

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Episode 25

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Japan Shōgi Association (日本将棋連盟) in Sendagaya (千駄ヶ谷), Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda (佃)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Kotobuki-dō in Nihonbashi-Ningyōchō (日本橋人形町), Chūō Ward

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

One of the possible models for Fujimori Pan is Home Bakery Minami-ya (ホームベーカリー みなみ屋) in Tsukishima (月島). There is a closed bakery in Bunkyō Ward called Fujimori, but Minami-ya visually appears much closer to the shop in the art, its location makes sense, and it sells an egg salad sandwich.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda Park (佃公園)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda-ōhashi (佃大橋)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Chūō-ōhashi (中央大橋)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda-kobashi (佃小橋)

Just Because!

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 3.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa for Episode 2.

Episode 3

Just Because!

Just Because!

Yuigahama Beach (由比ヶ浜海岸)

Just Because!

Shōnan-Enoshima Station (湘南江の島駅) in Katase, Fujisawa

Just Because!

Just Because!

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In front of the Gourmet City Kamakura shop (グルメシティ 鎌倉店) in Tokiwa (常盤), Kamakura

Just Because!

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Fukasawa (深沢),  Kamakura

Just Because!

Gourmet City Kamakura shop

Just Because!

Seven Eleven Kamakura Tokiwa shop (セブン-イレブン 鎌倉常盤店)

Just Because!

Just Because!

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Fukasawa

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Along the Sakai River (境川), near Kanagawa Prefectural Fujisawa Seiryū High School (神奈川県立藤沢清流高等学校)

Just Because!

In front of Shōnan Bowl (湘南ボウル) in Tokiwa

Just Because!

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Fujisawa Station (藤沢駅)

Just Because!

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Seven Eleven Fujisawa Fujigaoka shop (セブン-イレブン 藤沢藤が岡店)

Just Because!

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Restaurant used as third place

Just Because!

Fujisawa-bashi (藤沢橋)

Just Because!

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In front of the Gourmet City Kamakura shop

Just Because!

Episode 4

Just Because!

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Seven Eleven Kamakura Tokiwa shop (セブン-イレブン 鎌倉常盤店)

Just Because!

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Shōnan-Fukasawa Station (湘南深沢駅)

Just Because!

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Restaurant used as third place

Just Because!

Shirahata Jinja (白旗神社) in Fujisawa (municipality), Fujisawa

Just Because!

Just Because!

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Gourmet City Kamakura shop (グルメシティ 鎌倉店) in Tokiwa (常盤), Kamakura

Just Because!

Just Because!

Kuzuharaoka Jinja (葛原岡神社) in Yamanouchi, Kamakura

Just Because!

Just Because!

Shirahata Jinja

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Kuzuharaoka Jinja

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Shirahata Jinja

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Kuzuharaoka Jinja

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Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter

(結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章- Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru -Washio Sumi no Shō-)

Episode 3

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Nijō Castle (二条城) in Kyoto

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Zentsūji City Pool (善通寺市民プール) in Zentsūji, Kagawa Prefecture

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Sakaide Station (坂出駅)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Kamata Lake (鎌田池)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Kasuga Jinja (春日神社)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Great Seto Bridge (瀬戸大橋)

Episode 4

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

East of the Goshikidai Tunnel (五色台トンネル), which links Sakaide and Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Takamatsu Nishi interchange (高松西インターチェンジ)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Takamatsushi Mineyama Park (高松市峰山公園) in Takamatsu

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

The observation tower is part of the park.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Great Seto Bridge (瀬戸大橋)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Kamata Lake (鎌田池)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter 結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章-

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter

(Wake Up, Girls! 新章 Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō)

Episode 3

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Sakuragaoka Park (桜ヶ丘公園)

[Credit: @dejiboo1, Twitter]

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Famiresu used as third place

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Kumagai-ya (熊谷屋)

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Cafe Bijou (喫茶ビジュゥ)

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Cafe used as third place

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Sendai City Youth Cultural Center (仙台青年文化センター)

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Episode 4

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Gyōza no Tenpari (餃子の天ぱり)

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Nakayama Yon-chōme bus stop (中山四丁目バス停留所)

Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter Wake Up, Girls! 新章

Tokyo Station (東京駅)

Future Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Shimoigusa, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume Omoide no Present.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Shakujii-kōen Station in Shakujii, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Inuyashiki Episode 3.

@miyaken46 made apilgrimages to Shakujii, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 1; and Akihabara (Soto-Kanda), Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 2 of Anime-Gataris.

@momokomint made a pilgrimage to Hong Kong for ROBOMASTERS.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5) to Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for Sakura Quest.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture for Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Sapporo Station for Sagrada Reset.

Kyoto Cmex published articles (post 1, post 2) exploring locations in Kyoto for Tsuki ga Kirei.

@york21c made a pilgrimage to Kurobe and Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture for Kuromukuro.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (post 10) to Sapporo for Sora no Method.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Tokyo Metropolis and Kanagawa Prefecture for I My Me! Strawberry Eggs.