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.

Media and General Interest

Izu Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism to Shizuoka Prefecture cities Itō for Amanchu! and Numazu for Love Live! Sunshine!!

A Place Further Than the Universe

(宇宙よりも遠い場所 Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)

Episode 9

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

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

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Episode 39

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖) in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. The torii in the water is part of Hakone Jinja (箱根神社).

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tenseien (天成園) in Hakone

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

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Ichikawamisato and Minami-Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture; Chino, Ina and Komagane, Nagano Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 9.

@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Yamanashi Prefecture; Nagano Prefecture; and Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 5 through Episode 8.

@aga3104_keyaki made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu for Yuru Camp Episode 8.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kitakyūshū and Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture for Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 5 and Episode 6.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda Ward; Sendagaya and Harajuku, Shibuya Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Ryūō no Oshigoto! Episode 8.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Nogata Hope head shop in Nogata, Nakano Ward; and Tenkaippin Kōenji shop in Kōenji-Minami, Suginami Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Tappizaki in Sotogahama, Aomori Prefecture for Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take on Me.

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

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru.