Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

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

Tōyō Keizai Online published an article about how Furukawa-chō, Hida has managed the trajectory of its Kimi no Na wa. tourism boom. The municipality had previously experienced media-induced tourism with the 2002 NHK drama Sakura. The transience of that event prompted Furukawa-chō to explore its own identity, eventually focusing on its cityscape of white, earthen-walled warehouses, river teeming with carp that runs through the town, and generally non-commercialized environment as long-term selling points. The economic effect of Kimi no Na wa. was undeniably large and exceeded expectations, but the earlier experience gave the local tourism department the foresight to anticipate this would also wane in time. The 2018 June landslides that halted operation of the Takayama Main Line brought an abrupt stop to the flow of visitors. Though rail service was restored in November and tourism resumed, the overarching ramp-down of Kimi no Na wa. visitors continues. However, Furukawa-chō is already looking beyond the boom, developing a marketing strategy that both leverages tourism resources in nearby Takayama, Shirakawa-gō and Gero, while also differentiating the town from them.

Spice published part 2 of an article by anime tourism consultant Kakizaki Shundō (柿崎俊道) about the history of anime tourism and continued fan engagement in Washimiya, Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for Lucky Star. This section looks at the perspective of local residents; how building the Lucky Star mikoshi was both a means of engaging fans and a catalyst for blending of local culture and anime subculture; why regions should look beyond visitor count and economic effects to more holistic appreciation of community participation by anime fans when assessing the success or failure of anime tourism engagement efforts; and how long-term Lucky Star pilgrims have transformed into fans of Washimiya broadly. Part 1 is here.

I mentioned this back in November, now Anime Anime Biz has published an article about the December 8 release of Seichi Business: The Era When Pop Culture Becomes a Tourism Asset (巡礼ビジネス ポップカルチャーが観光資産になる時代), the new book by contents tourism researcher Okamoto Takeshi (岡本健). The book examines how important places (to anime pilgrims) are created, anime pilgrim consumption behavior and its social context, problems caused by excessive commercialization, increasing interest from domestic and inbound tourists, and puts forth case studies and recommendations for business strategy that leverages the phenomenon.

Contents tourism researcher Masabuchi Toshiyuki (増淵敏之) recently published a new book, Local Contents and Regional Revitalization (ローカルコンテンツと地域再生), which looks at anime seichijunrei alongside other pop culture media-induced tourism, in the context of non-Tokyo cities and regions using various types of content and internet-based communications platforms to market directly to domestic and overseas audiences, as part of a local revitalization strategy.

Chūnichi Shimbun published an article about the Chihayafuru pilgrimage exchange notebook at the Omi Kangakugan on the Ōmi Jingū grounds in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture. It was first introduced to the site by a fan and now includes ten volumes. The books contain notes left by visitors from across Japan and overseas, actors that portrayed characters in the live-action film adaptation, and an illustration by manga creator Suetsugu Yuki.

Tōō Nippō published an article about local efforts to raise awareness of the Sotogahama, Imabetsu and Yomogita, Aomori Prefecture settings used in Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days) while an exhibit of Shinkai Makoto film art was being hosted at the Aomori Museum of Art this fall.

Nishi Nippon Shimbun published an article about a ceremony in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture marking the over 60,000 visitors that have traveled to the city for Yūri!!! on Ice in the two year period beginning 2016 December.

Ibaraki Shimbun published an article about the inclusion of Ōarai in the Anime Tourism Association Japanese Anime 88-Stop Pilgrimage list for the second time for Girls und Panzer. The story notes fan attendance and show-related events at the Ankō Matsuri, and the presence of queues at restaurants and increased foot traffic at businesses.

Vap (press release), Kyoto Shimbun (article) and Karasuma Keizai Shimbun (article) published information about an official marketing collaboration between Kyoto Aquarium, Kyoto Tower, Kyoto Municipal Subway and Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan, including a stamp rally, original goods, character panels and limited edition tickets.

Tasci Tours will offer a bus tour package to Karatsu, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga, including an exclusive event with show voice actors, access to the Karatsu Folk History Museum (former Mitsubishi Joint Stock Company Karatsu Branch main building, normally closed to the public), and limited edition goods.

Tsurune

(ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部― Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu)

Episode 7

All identified locations are in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture.

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Unidentified

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Nagano Electric Railway (長野電鉄)

It seems likely this curve is just to the west of Kirihara Station (桐原駅), which so far has only appeared in the opening credits.

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Nakagosho (中御所)

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Shari Jinja (伺去神社) in Shari (伺去)

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Nagano Sports Park (長野運動公園) in Yoshida (吉田)

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Episode 8

All locations in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture.

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Nagano Sports Park (長野運動公園) in Yoshida (吉田)

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Tsurune ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―

Iroduku: The World in Colors

(色づく世界の明日から Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fragments_sue made pilgrimages to Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Episode 8, Episode 9 and Episode 10.

Episode 9

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium (長崎ペンギン水族館) in Shukumachi (宿町)

[Credit: @mikantanbouki, Twitter 1, Twitter 2]

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Sōfukuji tram stop (崇福寺停留場) in Aburayamachi (油屋町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Shianbashi intersection (思案橋交差点)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Mori no Majo Cafe (森の魔女カフェ) in Nishiumimachi (西海町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Urakami Station (浦上駅) in Kawaguchimachi (川口町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Medical Center tram stop (メディカルセンター停留場) in Shinchimachi (新地町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Nagasaki Seaside Park (長崎水辺の森公園) in Tokiwamachi (常盤町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Inside the park, the building on the right is the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum (長崎県美術館).

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Also inside the part, this is the Stages of the Moon (月の舞台) plaza.

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Still in the park, this is the Water Garden (水の庭園).

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Meganebashi (眼鏡橋) in Uonomachi (魚の町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Uoichibashi (魚市橋) is just north of Meganebashi.

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Telephoto shot of the Urakami Cathedral (浦上天主堂) in Motoomachi (本尾町), taken from Peace Park (平和公園) in Matsuyamamachi (松山町). The cathedral was only several hundred meters from the hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on 1945 August 9. The original structure was completely destroyed, then rebuilt in 1959.

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Peace Park

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Update 2018/12/28: This viewing point is adjacent to Nagasaki Higashi High School, near Iwasugi Jinja, in Tateyama (立山) 5-chōme. Inasayama (稲佐山) is in the background.

[Credit: @fragments_sue, Twitter]

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Rokkakudō (六角道) is a peculiar curvy road in Kaminishiyamamachi (上西山町) with massive, several hundred year old camphor trees growing right in the center. The area was once part of Suwa no Mori, the forest surrounding nearby Suwa Jinja. The camphor trees have spiritual significance for the shrine, so the decision was made to build the road around them, rather than cut them down.

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Wakamiya Inari Jinja (若宮稲荷神社) in Irabayashi (伊良林)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

The steps are near the shrine.

[Credit: @mikantanbouki, Twitter]

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Kazagashira Park (風頭公園) observation platform in Irabayashi. This is a popular city viewing spot.

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Ishibashi tram stop (石橋停留場) in Ōuramachi (大浦町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Lower entrance to Glover Sky Road (グラバースカイロード) in Uedamachi (上田町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Jiyū-tei Tearoom (自由亭喫茶室) in Glover Garden (グラバー園), Minami-Yamatemachi (南山手町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Small sloped street on the north side of of Nagasaki Minami High School (長崎南高等学校) in Kamikoshima (上小島)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Sakurao Park (桜尾公園) in Kamikoshima

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Episode 10

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Slope leading out from the main entrance to the gate on the east side of Nagasaki Minami High School (長崎南高等学校) in Kamikoshima (上小島). We saw this once before in Episode 4, though obscured behind the foreground and under cover of night. Though visitors shouldn’t pass through the gate without permission, the view in the frame above is visible from the public street.

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Nagasaki Seaside Park (長崎水辺の森公園) in Tokiwamachi (常盤町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Small sloped street on the north side of of Nagasaki Minami High School

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Megami-ōhashi (女神大橋)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Baseball field backstop on the west side of the school

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Update 2018/12/28: This scene with Shō and Asagi is in Kamikoshima 1-chōme, near Nagasaki Girls Senior High School.

[Credit: @fragments_sue, Twitter]

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Mori no Majo Cafe (森の魔女カフェ) in Nishiumimachi (西海町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

I lied, one location in this episode is in fact not in Nagasaki. This particular spot inside Yuito’s painting appears to be inspired by the trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs, of Alberobello, Italy.

[Credit: @unimaru_, Twitter]

This isn’t the first time a Mediterranean location has been used in a P.A.Works series. The prevailing theory is that underwater village Shioshishio in Nagi no Asukara is modeled, aesthetically if not literally, on Santorini, Greece.

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Nabekanmuriyama Park observation platform (鍋冠山公園展望台) in Izumo (出雲)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Slope street leading down from Nabekanmuriyama toward Glover Garden

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

The building in the background is the former Mitsubishi Dockhouse No. 2 (旧三菱第2ドックハウス), inside Glover Garden (グラバー園), at the edge of Minami-Yamatemachi (南山手町).

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Top end of Glover Sky Road (グラバースカイロード) in Aioimachi (相生町)

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Iroduku: The World in Colors 色づく世界の明日から

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@nagisaya_blog (post) and @taiyaki0628 (post) made a pilgrimages to the former Mitsubishi Joint Stock Company Karatsu Branch main building in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga. This was a special one-day-only public opening intended to give seichijunrei-sha the opportunity to explore the building.

@taiyaki0628 made pilgrimages to Saga City and Karatsu for Zombie Land Saga Episode 8 and Episode 9-10.

@ecotomagia made a pilgrimage to Karatsu for Zombie Land Saga Episode 10.

@nagisaya_blog made a pilgrimage to Saga City, Karatsu and Ureshino, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga.

@utuki9797 made pilgrimages to (post 1) Saga City; (post 2) Karatsu and Imari, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga.

@touyoko_com (post) and @rica0867 (post) made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa and Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai Episode 9.

@mi_kawana made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa and Kamakura for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai Episode 8.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai Episode 6.

@Surwill made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa (part 3) for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai.

@donko824 made a pilgrimage to Hikone, Shiga Prefecture for Yagate Kimi no Naru.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Kiyose; Higashikurume; Nakamura and Shakujii, Nerima Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Yagate Kimi ni Naru.

@flyingbird1124 made pilgrimages to (post 1) Shinagawa Ward; (updated post 1) Suginami Ward and Nakano Ward; (updated post 2) Adachi Ward and Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for SSSS.Gridman through Episode 10.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post, branched post) to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture for Release the Spyce though Episode 9.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@a01_sumi03 made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for OVA Yama no Susume: Omoide Present.

@Surwill made a pilgrimage to Ōmi Jingū in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for Chihayafuru.

@ecotomagia made a pilgrimage to Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Gen’ei o Kakeru Taiyō.