Crossing Time 踏切時間

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

BBC Whiltshire published a video 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.

A kickoff event for Sakuragaike Quest was held in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture on May 20, featuring cast members of Sakura Quest, P.A.Works president Horikawa Kenji and Nanto mayor Tanaka Mikio. The initiative is an effort to revitalize the Sakuragaike area near the studio, with a signature campaign to raise donations for cherry tree planting around the lake. The intention is to restore and rejuvenate previous plantings and restore the area around the lake to how it previously looked and how it was depicted in the anime series. Sakuragaike Quest accepts donations through its official website and launched an official Twitter account for news and updates.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Kamo Jinja in Ōmihachiman, Shiga Prefecture for Episode 8.

Episode 9

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Paris, France

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Musashino Tokushūkai Hospital (武蔵野徳洲会病院) in Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

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

I’ve got nothing on the training camp beach location. If someone feels inclined to do some hunting, have at it and let us know what you find!

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

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

Amanchu! Advance

(あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture for Season 1.

Episode 7

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Tsurugashima Fuji Junior High School (鶴ヶ島市立藤中学校) in Tsurugashima, Saitama Prefecture

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 pilgrimages to the Kame No. 17 crossing in Kameido 8-chōme, Kōtō Ward for Episode 5; and I No. 20 crossing in Senjuazuma, Adachi Ward for Episode 6.

Episode 7

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Aoyama Kaidō crossing (青山街道踏切) in Sendagaya 4-chōme, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Although these are Yamanote Line tracks, the Shōnan–Shinjuku Line (湘南新宿ライン), which has no dedicated tracks, uses them between Ikebukuro Station and Ōsaki Station, and appears in this episode.

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

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@unimaru_ made a pilgrimage to Sarushima, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Comic Girls.

@Fu_a_ri_ made a pilgrimage to Shirakawa and Nishigō, Fukushima Prefecture for Comic Girls.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations in Tokyo and Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture for Comic Girls.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@nadukari_h made pilgrimages to (updated post 1) to Kirigamine in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 4; and (updated post 2) Takabocchi Kōgen in Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture for Episode 5.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Tokyo locations for Citrus.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Hakodate, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@a01_sumi03 made pilgrimages to (post 1, post 2, post 3) Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture; and (post 4, post 5) Hakodate, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium 2.

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

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Komoro, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture for Fate/Zero.

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

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Tokyo; Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture; Omaezaki and Yoshida, Shizuoka Prefecture for Mahō no Sutēji Fanshī Rara.