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.

Media and General Interest

Mainichi Shimbun (article) and Sankei Shimbun (article) published stories about the donation of the vacant land that would have been the location of the Hōjō family home in Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni to the city of Kure by the Kōno family, with instructions to use it for the purpose of regional revitalization. Plans for the site include paving and tiling an area to show the footprint of the house as part of an attraction designed to allow anime tourists to visit and experience the location as it appeared in the film. This is a remarkable reversal in the state of affairs from a little over one year ago, when the film’s production committee and director Katabuchi Sunao denounced butaitanbou-sha and seichijunrei-sha who had visited the location (accessible by public roads), demanded they and professional media organizations delete any published photographic or textual information regarding the location, desist publishing new information, and cease visiting the site.

A Place Further Than the Universe

(宇宙よりも遠い場所 Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis; Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture; Singapore; and Fremantle, Australia covering Episode 3 through Episode 5.

Episode 7

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

Victoria Quay in Fremantle, Australia

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

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

Fremantle Markets were built beginning in 1897, and in 1993 were permanently listed on the Register of Heritage Places kept by the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

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

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

Gunma Prefectural Tsutsujigaoka Park (群馬県立つつじが岡公園) in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture

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

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made pilgrimages to Suwa, Nagano Prefecture; Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture; and Shibire Lake in Ichikawamisato, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 6 and Episode 7.

@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 4 and Episode 5.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Nanbu, Minobu and Minami-Alps (all Yamanashi Prefecture) for Yuru Camp Episode 1/3/4/5 and key visuals.

@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage to Kitakyūshū and Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture for Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 5.

@teo_imperial made pilgrimages to (post 1) Ramen Jirō Mita head shop in Mita, Minato Ward; and (post 2) Men Dainingu Totoko in Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

@Barnirun made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Osaka for Ryūō no Oshigoto! Episode 6.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Sapporo and Shin-Chitose Airport for Imōto Sae Ireba Ii.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Tsuki ga Kirei.

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

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

@11922911Rinngo made pilgrimages to (post 1) Denenchōfuhonchō, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; (post 2) Yokohama, Aomori Prefecture; and (post 3) Cape Tappi in Sotogahama, Aomori Prefecture for Clannad.