Free! Dive to the Future

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

Shinano Mainichi Shimbun published an article about an exhibition of backgrounds with corresponding real locations in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture from Hosoda Mamoru film Summer Wars. The exhibition is being held at the Ueda Tourist Center until August 31.

Otakuma Keizai Shimbun published an article about the Golden Kamuy digital stamp rally on anime pilgrimage smartphone app Butaimeguri. Some of the locations in the rally are over 300km away from each other.

Doctoral candidate Hanabusa Mariko will publish an article in Cultural Policy Research (文化政策研究) titled Anime Tourism by Travelers Trying to Avoid Copyright Infringement (権利侵害を肯定しない旅行者たちのアニメツーリズム), which uses case studies from Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for True Tears.

Natsumachi

Fans gathered in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture on August 4 for Natsumachi, an annual festival and exchange event for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

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Hōsei University Tama Campus (法政大学多摩キャンパス) in Machida, Tokyo Metropolis.

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The area on the other side of the fence is the Jūbako Ryokuchi Park (重箱緑地公園) in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. This also appeared in Free! Take Your Marks.

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Jūjōdai Elementary School Heated Pool (十条台小学校温水プール) in Nakajūjō, Kita Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

This shot is taken from a nearby overpass above the Tōhoku Main Line (東北本線). [Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter 1, Twitter 2]

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This flashback scene from Free! Take Your Marks is set at Totsuka Park (戸塚公園) in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku Ward, which is close to the Shimo-Ochiai locations that appear in the current season.

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The Jūjōdai pool is in the background, center-right.

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Takadanobaba No. 2 crossing (高田馬場2号踏切) in Shimo-Ochiai 1-chōme, Shinjuku Ward

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

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Jūjōdai Elementary School Heated Pool

Encouragement of Climb Season 3

(ヤマノススメ サードシーズン Yama no Susume Sādo Shīzun)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fureshima2223 (post), @habusan (post) and @teo_imperial (tweet thread) previously made pilgrimages to the Kanhasshū observation platform and Takayama Fudōson in Takayama, Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for the manga chapter used as the basis for Episode 6.

Series creator Shiro shared location hunting photos from Kanhasshū.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Lockheart Castle in Takayama, Gunma Prefecture for Episode 5.

@habusan made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Nenogongen Tenryū-ji in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 3.

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Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Starbucks Coffee Musashimurayama Shin-Oume Kaidō shop (スターバックスコーヒー むさし村山新青梅街道店) in Musahimurayama, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @habusan, Twitter]

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Nishi-Agano (西吾野駅) in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

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Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Takayama Fudōson (高山不動尊)

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Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Kanhasshū observation platform (関八州見晴台)

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Season 3 ヤマノススメ サードシーズン

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@Surwill published part 2 of a Street View tour of locations in Niijima, Ōshima Subprefecture, Tokyo Metropolis for Island.

@LyricalCygnus made a pilgrimage to Niijima for Island.

@yoki0625 made a pilgrimage to Nishihara, Okinawa Prefecture for Harukana Receive Episode 5.

@ara1940 made a pilgrimage to Uruma and Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa Prefecture for Harukana Receive.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Lockheart Castle in Takayama, Gunma Prefecture for Comic Girls.

@aga3104_keyaki made a pilgrimage to the Shirase 5002 for Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho. The ship was open to the public on July 16, docked at Harumi Wharf in Tokyo.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Ōboke Station in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture for Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero.