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

Daily Mail published an article about Fosse Farmhouse owner Caron Cooper’s efforts to promote British-Japanese cross cultural exchange, and the most recent arc of her story as the caretaker of an anime pilgrimage destination. The bed and breakfast in Castle Combe, England is used as the model for the Cartelet home in anime series Kin’iro Mosaic. BBC News published an article on the same topic that includes an abbreviated version of the TV segment with Caron broadcast on BBC News Points West.

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

@mikehattsu published a review of the Anime Tourism Association promotional display at Narita International Airport.

There has been additional vandalism (tweet 1, tweet 2)—this time using spray paint—of the Love Live! Sunshine!! manhole covers recently installed in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. The city of Numazu released a statement saying that the special covers will be collected and replaced  temporarily with regular ones to prevent further damage while the situation is under investigation.

Yōkoso Festival

On June 2 in Uji, an estimated 700 people attended the fan-initiated Yōkoso Festival, which included dōjinshi sales, cosplay, itasha, concert and stamp rally all related to Hibike! Euphonium:

Uji Matsuri Festival

On June 3 in Uji, an official Hibike! Euphonium event released the key visual for upcoming sequel film Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale:

Usagiyama Dai Bazaar

On June 2 at the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto, fans came for the Usagiyama Dai Bazaar, 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:

Kyoto Uchōten Matsuri

On June 3 at Shimogamo Jinja in Kyoto, the UNESCO World Heritage site and cast and staff of P.A.Works series Uchōten Kazoku held the Kyoto Uchōten Matsuri, an event to recognize their mutually beneficial relationship. In the series, based on novels by Morimi Tomihiko, the protagonist family of tanuki live at Shimogamo, which has boosted awareness of the site through anime pilgrimage to the already famous shrine:

https://twitter.com/Uchoten2_EN/status/1003253976580542464

https://twitter.com/Uchoten2_EN/status/1003254927236296705

Agata Matsuri

On June 5 in Uji, as has become tradition, Hibike! Euphonium fans journeyed to the city for Agata Matsuri, which was depicted in the first season of the series:

Uma Musume Pretty Derby

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

There was a a breakthrough in locating the settings of Special Week’s Hokkaidō hometown. @hiphaist discovered that 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. The station area and the driveway from the OP—which belongs to the Hidaka Taiyō Ranch (日高大洋牧場)—are both in the town of Hidaka. Not in the work but also of interest, the grave of Silence Suzuka is nearby in Biratori, Hidaka Subprefecture.

@keihi49 followed up with visits to all of the known Hokkaido locations—Taiyō, Hidaka-Mombetsu Station, Ginzan Station (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4). I’m hoping he turns all of these into a full article.

Episode 11

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

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Yunika Building in Shinjuku 3-chōme, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

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Tokyo Racecourse

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

@QgrlVszS4b2Ordg (tweet thread) and @minato_708 (tweet) made pilgrimage to Arai Jinja in Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 9.

Episode 9

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

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Izu-Kōgen Station (伊豆高原駅) in Itō (伊東), 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〜

Arai Jinja (新井神社) in Ito

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〜

Crossing Time

(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)

Episode 9

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Gakushūinshita tram stop (学習院下停留場) in Takada 2-chōme, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

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Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線)

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Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@Surwill published a combined Street View tour and on-location pilgrimage to Akihabara (Soto-Kanda), Chiyoda Ward; Ikebukuro and Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward (preceding all Tokyo Metropolis); and Wakō, Saitama Prefecture for Steins;Gate 0.

@unimaru_ made a pilgrimage to Ogikubo, Suginami Ward; Shinjuku; and Yushima, Bunkyō Ward for Comic Girls Episode 9.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Obihiro, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 6.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Tendō, Yamagata Prefecture for Ryūō no Oshigoto!

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Citrus.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Tsurugisan in Tokushima Prefecture for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Yūsha no Shō.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station and Kitashinagawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Gekijōban Haikara-san ga Tōru Zenpen – Benio, Hana no 17-sai.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 2, post 3) to Kyoto for Uchōten Kazoku.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Dōdairasan in Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture for Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kōenjikita, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.