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

Sankei Shimbun published an article about ten years of continuous engagement between Lucky Star fans and the city of Kuki, Saitama Prefecture.

Keihan Electric Railway deployed a marketing campaign featuring train wrappings, posters, headmarks and other collateral for Hibike! Euphonium, beginning 2018 March 24, running through 2019 January 31 on the Uji Line and to 2019 July 31 on the Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line.

Anime Tourism Association published Anime Seichi 88 Walker (アニメ聖地88Walker), a guide to the anime pilgrimage locations selected for the first edition of the association’s list.

The 2018 May edition of Megami Magazine will feature an anime pilgrimage map and interviews with cast and staff of Yuru Camp.

@tianlangxing published a report from the final days at Shūhōkaku (秀峰閣) in Yuwaku Onsen, the model for onsen ryokan Fukuya in Hanasaku Iroha, which closed for business on 2018 March 18.

A Place Further Than the Universe

(宇宙よりも遠い場所 Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)

Episode 12

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

Shōwa Kichi (昭和基地) on East Ongul Island, Antarctica

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

Solar pillar

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

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Episode 42

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

Tsukuda (佃), Chūō Ward

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Sumiyoshi Jinja (住吉神社) in Tsukuda

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukishima Nishi-Naka-dōri Shōtengai (月島西仲通り商店街)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tsukuda-kobashi (佃小橋)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Sumida River Terrace (隅田川テラス), Tsukuda section

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Sumida River Terrace, Tsukuda section

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, 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

Sumida River Terrace, Tsukuda section

Future Season Pilgrimage

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Etchū-Nakamura Station in Namerikawa, Toyama Prefecture for the PV to Hosoda Mamoru film Mirai no Mirai, premiering 2018 July.

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for the PV to Yama no Susume Third Season, premiering 2018 Summer.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made pilgrimages to Fujisan YMCA Global Eco Village in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture; Lake Shibire Campground in Ichikawamisato, Minobu (including Kōan Campground) and Nanbu (Yamanashi Prefecture) for Yuru Camp Episode 11 and Episode 12.

Reddit user peaceshot made a pilgrimage covering locations in Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture for Yuru Camp.

@Surwill made a pilgrimage to Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

@KITAUJI_kyoani made a pilgrimage to Osaka for Ryūō no Oshigoto!

@yamagishi made a pilgrimage to Wakura Onsen in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture for Ryūō no Oshigoto!

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Toji no Miko.

@taiyaki0628 made pilgrimages to Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture for Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 4 and Episode 7.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com updated a previous pilgrimage to England for Mahō Tsukai no Yome Hoshimatsuhito.

@rica0678 made a pilgrimage to Osaka and Kōbe for Rewrite.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.