A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

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.

A Place Further Than the Universe

(宇宙よりも遠い場所 Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture; and Harumi, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 5.

@touyoko_com (post) and @ssslocation (gallery) made pilgrimages to Tatebayashi for Episode 5.

Tatebayashi Kurashiki published articles exploring locations that appear in Episode 3, Episode 4 and Episode 5.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture for Episode 2.

Episode 4

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Shironuma Sports Park (城沼総合運動公園), Chibikko Plaza (ちびっこ広場) in Tatebayashi (館林), Gunma Prefecture

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Harumi Passenger Terminal (晴海客船ターミナル) in Harumi, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Morin-ji (茂林寺) in Tatebayashi

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Tatebayashi Tourism Association Free Rest Area (館林観光協会指定無料休憩所)

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Karaoke Manekineko Tatebayashi No. 2 shop (カラオケまねきねこ 館林2号店)

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Narrow street leading north from the northwest corner outside Tatebayashi Second Elementary School (館林市立第二小学校)

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

In front of bistro Sugie (スギエ)

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

In front of Yokotsuka Flower shop (よこつか花店)

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Shin Chitose Airport (新千歳空港)

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Narita International Airport (成田国際空港)

A Place Further Than the Universe 宇宙よりも遠い場所

Merlion Park in Singapore

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Episode 38

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Sendai (仙台), Miyagi 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

Tōyoko Inn Sendai-eki Nishi-guchi Chūō (東横INN仙台駅西口中央)

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

NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building (NTTドコモ代々木ビル)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Japan Shōgi Association (日本将棋連盟) in Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

I love these colors.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Sendagaya Station (千駄ケ谷駅)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Indoor Pool (東京体育館 屋内プール)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tōkyō Taiikukan-mae intersection (東京体育館前交差点)

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

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations in Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures for Yuru Camp Episode 2 through Episode 4.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture for Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens.

@R_ada_cchi (post) and @kbt_tigers1985 (post) made pilgrimages to Osaka for Ryūō no Oshigoto! Episode 4.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Nihonbashi, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Hakodate, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 18, post 19)  to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for for multiple Season 1 and Season 2 episodes of Love Live! Sunshine!!

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Karatsu, Saga Prefecture for Yūri!!! on Ice.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7) to multiple Tokyo locations for the HoneyWorks films Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita and Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo.