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

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

Kita Nippon Shimbun published an article about a marketing collaboration between Kimi no Suizō wo Tabetai and Man’yōsen tram operator in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture. The trams and locations in Takaoka feature in the setting of the film. The campaign includes commemorative tickets and train announcements recorded by the voice actors. Takaoka City will also launch a campaign to support tourism for the film, including an official pilgrimage map and digital stamp rally using augmented-reality smartphone app COCOAR2.

Chūnichi Shimbun published an article about persistent tourism interest in the former Kaigake Elementary School in Hino, Shiga Prefecture. The 1930 built wooden school building is managed by a nonprofit organization, is used as a film set for live-action films and TV series, and is part of the setting of Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!

The event Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Sale (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) on September 24 at the Tokyo City Eye Performance Zone will feature traditionally published and self-published books and magazines, and talks by prominent contents tourism researchers and writers.

Comic Treasure 32

Butaitanbou and seichijunrei were represented at Comic Treasure (こみっくトレジャー), a dōjinshi convention held twice annually in Osaka:

Typhoon Jebi

Longtime anime pilgrims are accustomed to the cycle of loss and renewal, as real world scenes that appeared in works change over time. Some say appreciating that change is a barometer indicating a place is alive and healthy, and cherishing the gradual evolution, is the ultimate expression of affection for these locations. Yet, it is still jarring when part of the landscape is torn away without warning, as in accidents and natural disasters. A little like the sudden loss of an old friend you only see from time to time, you wish you had gotten one last chance to see them before they were gone.

A large willow tree at the west end of Demachi-bashi in Kyoto marked the end of the Saba-Kaidō (鯖街道), the traditional route by which marine products traveled from Fukui to the traditional capital. It appears in the backgrounds in Tamako Market and Uchōten Kazoku. For the many people who reach the area via Demachiyanagi Station and a walk across the Kamo River, passing the tree gave a sense of having finally arrived in Demachi. Perhaps the remnant will live on and put out new branches, but for the moment what’s left is a shadow of its former self:

Shimogamo Jinja is an UNESCO World Heritage site and on of the primary settings of Uchōten Kazoku. The shrine has put out a call for volunteers to help clean up debris:

Togetsu-kyō is one of Kyoto’s most well-know tourism sites and appears in many anime series. My favorite is Uchōten Kazoku. Strong winds took the railing right off the bridge:

Fushimi Inari Taisha is another historic location and top tourism site in Kyoto. It plays the starring role in Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. The large main torii is still standing, though there is damage to many of the smaller sites on the grounds:

The torii at Uji Jinja, a photogenic touchstone for Hibike! Euphonium, collapsed in the wind:

Heavy debris landed in another Eupho setting in a different part of Uji, near Mimurodo Station:

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With the severity of the storm, I anticipate we’ll learn of other affected locations as people discover them. Though the death-toll was thankfully very low, the large scale damage to property and impact on transit in the wake of the storm mean people in Kansai will be recovering from this for some time. Let’s cheer them on as they bounce back.

Free! Dive to the Future

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to the Yokohama International Swimming Pool in Kitayamata, Tsuzuki Ward, Yokohama for Episode 8.

@raipanda_TB made a pilgrimage to Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore for the ED.

Episode 8

Free! Dive to the Future

With exception of a few minor architectural features borrowed from the Sagamihara Green Pool (さがみはらグリーンプール), this facility and the cityscape around it are Yokohama International Swimming Pool (横浜国際プール) in Kitayamata, Tsuzuki Ward, Yokohama.

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Free! Dive to the Future

Haneda Airport (羽田空港)

Free! Dive to the Future

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

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Takasaki Station in Takasaki and Ikaho Onsen in Shibukawa (both Gunma Prefecture) for Episode 8 and Episode 9.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Akigisan Jizōdake in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture for Episode 8 and Episode 9.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Higashi-Hannō Station in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture and Takasaki Station for Episode 8 and Episode 9.

Episode 10

Though this column deliberately avoids discussion of sakuga, the animation in this episode was so superb I thought it worth pointing out. Expressive faces and subtle body movements bubble up throughout, making it feel almost like a different show, in the best way possible. The art comes right along for the ride, with unusual and impactful composition, as well as expert use of light that both supports the narrative and creates a sense of real space. With exception of Aoi reprising Hinata’s trip to Ikebukuro, all scenes are from Hannō, Saitama Prefecture.

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

We’re used to seeing wider, flatter landscapes like this one of Donkichi-bashi (とんちき橋) in Hannō Central Park (飯能中央公園).

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

Whereas this cut of light falling over the wall and the characters only partially in frame forces us to focus our attention on one particular part of the environment that gives a sense of depth.

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

Tenranzan (天覧山)

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

We’ve seen Kannonji (観音寺) many times before, but it feels more three-dimensional with foreground objects and narrower field-of-view.

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

Hannō-gawara (飯能河原)

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

Hannō Central Community Center (飯能中央地区行政センター)

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

Hannō Ōdōri Shōtengai (飯能大通り商店街)

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

Sunshine City (サンシャインシティ) in Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

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

The view of Fujisan from the Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線) is an opening for Aoi to share here mountain climbing interest with her new group of friends.

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

The light changes direction and intensity as the train winds through the west side of Tokyo and into Saitama, helpfully timed to support changes in the mood, but also adding realism to the experience of riding the line in the late afternoon.

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

Hannō Station (飯能駅) is usually drawn clear and bright. Muddy light, shadows and composition emphasize Hinata’s feelings of distance from Aoi.

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

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

Reflection in the glass is a nice touch, one often overlooked or skipped.

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

There are so many great details this week, worth a rewatch just to enjoy them.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Takaoka and Shinminato, Toyama Prefecture for Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai.

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture; Ikoma and Nara, Nara Prefecture for Penguin Highway.

@Nagatoyukito5 made a pilgrimage to the Gas Bridge, between Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture and Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Hanebado! Episode 1.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@yamagishi made a pilgrimage (part 2) to Amalfi, Italy for Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me.

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

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Etajima, Hiroshima Prefecture for Kantai Collection.