Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

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

Seichi Kaigi issue 22 features an interview with Izuki (伊月 @bluetwintail), who leads fan-initiated Lucky Star activity in Kuki and Satte, Saitama Prefecture, and established a paradigm for local government anime tourism engagement when the series first aired over ten years ago.

Danro published an article by Kawashima Tarō in which the researcher outlines trends in anime tourism, with emphasis on the point that it is a relatively low-cost and potentially high-return marketing opportunity for local governments. He goes on to put it in the broader context of pop culture tourism, tracing media-induced travel back to Genji Monogatari.

The upcoming weekend and following week will be a busy time for Hibike! Euphonium pilgrims in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. On June 2, the Yōkoso Festival—a fan event encompassing dōjinshi sales, panel discussions, cosplay, concert and stamp rally—will be held at the Uji City Cultural Center. This is a an all ages event, free and open to the public. The city of Uji is also holding a digital stamp rally from June 1 to 4, in which participants must visit specific locations in the city and tag them on Instagram, with Liz to Aoi Tori prizes for those who complete it. Hibike! Euphonium character panels will be set up in locations around the city on June 5, as fans and the general public head to Uji for Agata Matsuri, which begins in the late evening and continues into the early hours of the next day.

The Usagiyama Dai Bazaar will also be held on June 2, at the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto. This is the third time the Tamako Market dōjinshi sale and fan exchange event has been held in the shopping arcade that was the main setting of the series.

Mainichi Shimbun published an article about an official tour of Yuru Camp locations on May 25 and 26, organized by the Yamanashi Tourism Promotion Organization.

J-Cast News (article) and Shizuoka Shimbun (article) published stories about vandalism of the Love Live! Sunshine!! manhole covers recently installed in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The web version of the official BBC News Points West broadcast is geolocked to the United Kingdom, but someone helpfully recorded the segment on Fosse Farmhouse and 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 Kin’iro Mosaic:

Uma Musume Pretty Derby

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

Episode 10

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Kyoto Racecourse (京都競馬場)

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Ginzan Station (銀山駅) in Niki (仁木), Hokkaidō Prefecture

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

Update 2018/06/06: @hiphaist discovered (tweet), although the station building model is Ginzan Station, the scene around it comes from Hidaka-Mombetsu Station (日高門別駅), blended together to create Special Week’s home station.)

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

KaraokeKan Harajuku No. 2 shop (カラオケ館 原宿2号店)

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

Tokyo Racecourse (東京競馬場) in Fuchū (府中), Tokyo Metropolis

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

@tokonatu1224 and the Yurufuwa Diving club are taking Amanchu! pilgrimage to new depths. This is from Dive House Futo (ダイブハウス富戸), which appeared in Episode 1:

Episode 8

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Itō High School bus stop (伊東高校バス停) in Itō (伊東), Shizuoka Prefecture

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Atami Ginza Shōtengai (熱海銀座商店街) in Atami (熱海), Shizuoka Prefecture

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Anachronisms like the candy store and telephone booth are used to show that we’re seeing parts of the city as they appeared in earlier periods of time.

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Izu-Kōgen Station (伊豆高原駅) in Itō

Though the platforms and shelters have changed little over time, the station entrance that appears later is a nod to the past.

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Izu-Kōgen Station once had two ticket gates, one on either side of the track. The west side was called the Kōgen entrance (高原口), and on the east, depicted in the episode is the Yawatano entrance (八幡野口). Yawatano was closed in 1994, and the entire station building eventually consolidated as the Yamamo Plaza (やまもプラザ). The new building has new entrances, however locals have continued to refer to them with the old names. The Sakuranamiki entrance (桜並木口) on the north side is called Kōgen, the Yamamo entrance (やまも口) on the south side is called Yawatano.

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Crossing Time

(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)

Episode 8

Crossing Time 踏切時間

The SNS siblings return for a second installment at the Nakai No. 4 crossing (中井4号踏切) in Nakai 1-chōme, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis.

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

Future Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Shin-Yurigaoka Station in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture for the PV to 22/7 (Nanabun no Nijūni).

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to Rokkaen in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture for Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Uchōten Kazoku 2.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Hibike! Euphonium 2.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage (post 2, post 3) to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4) to Kyoto for Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story.

@hoe0808 made a pilgrimage to Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Hyōka.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture for Natsuiro Kiseki.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to the Osamu Dazai Memorial Museum in Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture for Mayo Chiki!