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

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Singapore for Episode 6.

Mothership (article), Business Insider Singapore (article) and Must Share News (article) published stories about the use of Singapore settings in Episode 6.

Episode 6

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

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800

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

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit

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

Singapore Changi Airport

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

ION Orchard

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

Orchard MRT station

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

Marina Bay Sands

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

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

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

Merlion Park

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

The Merlion is said to represent Singapore’s origin as a fishing village and is used extensively in tourism marketing and promotional materials. Along with two other well-known statues/tourist attractions in Europe, the Merlion statue is noted tongue-in-cheeck by Japanese as one of the ‘Three Major Disappointments of the World’, hence the jokes about not being as disappointing as expected.

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

The perspective in this cut puts the quartet at Tian Tian Fisherman’s Pier Seafood along Boat Quay, however the huge dishes of fried rice served would suggest we aren’t meant to ascribe this specific restaurant to the outing.

[Credit: @unimaru_, Twitter]

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

Spectra, a free outdoor water and light show at Marina Bay Sands

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

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck

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

Orchard Hotel Singapore

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

Orchard Hotel Singapore

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

Singapore Changi Airport

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

Maxwell Food Centre is a street food market in Singapore Chinatown, popular with both locals and tourists.

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

Easy to overlook in the excitement of the final surprise of the episode is the food on the table. The kaya toast is a popular snack and could have come from a number of places. The chicken rice dish, considered emblematic of Singapore cuisine, is the signature offering at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (天天海南鸡饭), regarded as the standard bearer among all makers of the dish in the city-state. The shop is included in the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand section for Singapore in 2016 and 2017. The yellow plates, sauce dishes and blue handled utensils differentiate Tian Tian from the other chicken rice stalls in the market.

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

I couldn’t pin down the precise location, but suspect this is a fruit stand in Geylang, a popular neighborhood for scouting durian markets not too far from the city center. There are several mentions by Singapore-based writers of Ah Hung D24 Sultan Durian on Sims Avenue, and while I can pick out a few clues that would have led them to think that, the buildings and streets don’t match at all.

The displays surrounding the girls sell D24 and maoshanwang (貓山王), the two main types of durian. Maoshanwang is the most popular.

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

It’s an a acquired taste that some people really get into, but to me durian smells like rotting garbage. I refuse to go near it. A fitting punishment for Shirase and Hinata!

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

Fremantle Markets in Fremantle, Australia

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

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Tendō, Yamagata Prefecture for Episode 21.

The Japan Shōgi Association currently features dueling Sangatsu no Lion and Ryūō no Oshigoto! posters at its headquarters in Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward:

Sangatsu is on break until March 3 due to 2018 Winter Olympics programming.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture; and Kirigamine and Takabocchi kōgen in Nagano Prefecture for Episode 5.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to the Kōan campground and Motosu Lake in Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 1.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi Shinjuku Golden Gai head shop (one of my personal favorites) in Kabukichō, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 8, post 9, post 10, post 11, ??) to multiple Tokyo locations for the HoneyWorks films Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita and Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Tsuki ga Kirei.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Hamura and Mizuho, Tokyo Metropolis for Clannad.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kunitachi, Tokyo Metropolis for Air.