Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

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

Gazette & Herald published an article about the award of the AA B&B Story of the Year 2018–19 to Fosse Farmhouse, for owner Caron Cooper’s efforts to promote British-Japanese cross cultural exchange. The bed and breakfast in Castle Combe, England is used as the model for the Cartelet home in anime series Kin’iro Mosaic.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby

(ウマ娘 プリティーダービー Uma Musume Puritī Dābī)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@high__k made a pilgrimage (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4) to Ōmihachiman, Shiga Prefecture for Episode 8.

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to Fuchū, Tokyo Metropolis and Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture for multiple episodes.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of multiple locations across Japan through Episode 8.

Episode 8

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Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

The consensus is that this is a Hankyū 1000 series train (阪急1000系電車), with even the Hankyū Railway official Twitter account weighing in on the matter.

I got a bit of a chuckle out of the railway social media team seeming to be unaware of the use of real locations and infrastructure in anime. Hankyū rail assets in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture were a fixture of the Suzumiya Haruhi series and figured prominently in the dawn of the contemporary butaitanbou and seichijunrei scene.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Studio Alta (スタジオアルタ) building, outside Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) east exit

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Inageya Kodaira Megurita shop (いなげや小平回田店) in Kodaira, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

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Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Kamo Jinja (加茂神社) in Ōmihachiman, Shiga Prefecture [Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

Though far from and seemingly unrelated to the main setting in Fuchū, a little digging reveals the significance of the choice to use this shrine as the location for Spica’s new year visit. The area around Kamo Jinja was the site of Japan’s first national ranch, created in the seventh century by order of Emperor Tenji, who sought to foster development of horse breeding and riding technique. The shrine itself was established in 736 by Emperor Shōmu and is considered a sacred place for horses. Ceremonies and festivals honoring this connection continue to this day, including Ashifuse Sōme (足伏走馬)—horseback mounted archery.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Hanshin Racecourse (阪神競馬場)

Amanchu! Advance

(あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)

Episode 6

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Michi no eki Itō Marine Town (道の駅 伊東マリンタウン) in Itō (伊東), Shizuoka Prefecture

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Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

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Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

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Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Crossing Time

(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to the Nakai No. 4 crossing (中井4号踏切) in Nakai 1-chōme, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 4.

Episode 6

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I No. 20 crossing (伊第20号踏切 ) in Senjuazuma, Adachi Ward, Tokyo Metropolis [Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Now called Tōbu Skytree Line (東武スカイツリーライン), this section of track was originally the Tōbu Isesaki Line (東武伊勢崎線), hence the I (伊) in the crossing name. It was rebranded as the Skytree Line in 2012 March when the Tokyo Skytree tower opened.

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

The Isesaki/Skytree line carries an assortment of train types and service patterns. The ‘champagne beige’ livery with ‘forest green’ and ‘future blue’ stripes that passes through in the episode is a Tōbu 500 series (東武500系), branded as the Revaty (リバティ), which was introduced in 2017 April for use on limited express services.

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to the Hotel Chinzansō Tokyo garden in Sekiguchi, Bunkyō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai Episode 6.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Chōfu, Tokyo Metropolis for Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Episode 1 through Episode 5.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp.

@fragments_sue (post 1, post 2) and @offtama (post) made pilgrimages to Shōdoshima, Kagawa Prefecture for Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san.

@hoe0808 made a pilgrimage to the Ōgaki Matsuri in Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Nishinomiya (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4) and Amagasaki (post 1, post 2), Hyōgo Prefecture for Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture for Kamichu!