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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

@noruzo_tetsudo published detailed observation and photography of early anime tourism in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for Lucky Star. The article includes a visit during the summer of 2008, less than a year after the original broadcast, and the first appearance of the Lucky Star mikoshi and participation of anime fans at the Hajisai on 2008 September 7. Lucky Star is often held up as the origin of vigorous, proactive engagement of anime tourism fans by a local government, and has been the subject of many academic papers on the topic, but a lay perspective of this depth is hard to come by. This is a great historical record.

Nikkan Saizō published an article about Iijima, Nagano Prefecture, which claims to be the birthplace of anime seichijunrei and will install a monument commemorating this at Tagiri Station, where visitors first began making pilgrimages following an OVA release of Kyūkyoku Chōjin R in 1991.

Chūnichi Shimbun published a notice for a seminar on utilizing anime to drive tourism that will be held in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture on July 2, open to the public. The chairman of the Chichibu tourism department will give a lecture, followed by a panel discussion with representatives in charge of anime tourism initiatives in Hida, Ōgaki and Gifu City.

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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@QgrlVszS4b2Ordg made pilgrimages to Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture for (thread 1, thread 2) Episode 11; and (thread 3, thread 4) Episode 12.

@mierudekiru made a pilgrimage (tweet, video tweet) to Ito for Episode 12.

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Kawana Harbor (川奈港) in Kawana, Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture

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Kanra Tunnel (神浦トンネル)

[Credit: @Surwill, Twitter]

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Jōgasaki Kaigan No. 2 crossing (城ヶ崎海岸2号踏切), just north of Izu-kōgen Station

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Izu Kyūkō Line (伊豆急行線)

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Akazawa Diving Center (赤沢ダイビングセンター) in Akazawa, Itō, Shizoka Prefecture

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Sakura Namiki (桜並木) in Izu Kōgen, Itō

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Minami Ōmurodai Iriguchi (南大室台入口) bus stop

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Crossing Time

(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)

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Ikebukuro No. 2 crossing (池袋2号踏切) in Nishi-Ikebukuro 2-chōme, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

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Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線)

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Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 has been updating a previous pilgrimage to Ginza, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis as new shots appear in Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai, currently up to Episode 11.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kitaku_mj_4anko made a pilgrimage (post 2, post 3) to Fujisawa and Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tari Tari.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Tokyo for Love Hina: Christmas Special Silent Eve.