Posts tagged "anime pilgrimage"
Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Kyokai no Kanata

Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Kyokai no Kanata

In Kyoto Animation series Kyōkai no Kanata (境界の彼方)—Beyond the Boundary in English-speaking markets—most of the setting is drawn from Nara and Kashihara, Nara Prefecture. When Mirai is summoned from her hometown she departs from Ōboke Station in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture. The second use of a Shikoku setting didn’t emerge until the OVA Episode 0 released...
Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Nekomonogatari (Kuro)

Pilgrimage to Shimonada Station for Nekomonogatari (Kuro)

My last anime tourism stop on a loop around Shikoku was Shimonada Station (下灘駅) in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture. This post is a quick look at a scene from the opening credits of Nekomonogatari (Kuro)—猫物語 (黒). The Monogatari series, of which it is a part, makes extensive use of real places. There are frequently recurring locations...
Pilgrimage to Oboke Station for Kyokai no Kanata

Pilgrimage to Oboke Station for Kyokai no Kanata

Most of the setting of Kyoto Animation series Kyōkai no Kanata (境界の彼方)—Beyond the Boundary in English-speaking markets—is modeled on locations in Nara and Kashihara, neighboring cities in Nara Prefecture not far from Kyoto and Osaka. However the work also includes two surprise and somewhat out of the way locations, both in Shikoku. In this post...
Pilgrimage to Takamatsu and Shodoshima for Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

Pilgrimage to Takamatsu and Shodoshima for Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

In 2017 October I had five free days between consecutive weekend events in Kyoto, and decided it was a good time to make my first visit to Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands and the only one I hadn’t yet traveled to. The first stop on my loop was Kagawa Prefecture, where I...
Journey to the West 2

Journey to the West 2

I took a one week vacation to Tokyo and Kyoto at the turnover of 2018 January into February with my daughter Mei. On this trip we checked in at our usual haunts, met an old friend, ate lots of ramen, shopped for odds and ends, climbed a mountain and went on a few casual anime...
Journey to the North 3

Journey to the North 3

After two wintertime trips to Sapporo for the snow festival, we were ready for a change of scenery and temperature on our third adventure to Hokkaidō in 2017 July. While it would be much warmer weather compared with our previous visits, it would still be cooler than the Shanghai summer steam bath we would be...
2017 Butaitanbou Summit in Numazu

2017 Butaitanbou Summit in Numazu

Light rain and falling temperatures greet everyone as we arrive at Yasudaya Ryokan (安田屋旅館) in Uchiura, a seaside village in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for the 10th Butaitanbou Summit (第10回舞台探訪サミットin沼津), held on 2017 September 16. This is the annual all hands meeting for the Butaitanbou Community ( 舞台探訪者コミュニティ), or BTC, the highly engaged core of manga...
Pilgrimage to Ogaki and Yoro for Koe no Katachi

Pilgrimage to Ogaki and Yoro for Koe no Katachi

I had the opportunity to see the anime film adaptation of Koe no Katachi (聲の形)—released in English-speaking markets as A Silent Voice—just a few days after its original premiere in Japan during 2016 September. It was exciting for me, as it was my first time attending a new anime release in a theater. The following...
Sakura Front Anime Pilgrimage 2017

Sakura Front Anime Pilgrimage 2017

Every year, late March to early May in Japan means following the cherry blossom front (桜前線 sakura zensen) as it moves across the islands. Blue tarps and picnic lunches blanket the best viewing spots as the full bloom arrives in each location. For anime seichijunrei fans and butaitanbou practitioners, this also means a precious and...
Pilgrimage to Hida for Kimi no Na wa.

Pilgrimage to Hida for Kimi no Na wa.

This is the second of two articles about my visits to real locations that provided the basis for settings in Shinkai Makoto film Kimi no Na wa. (君の名は。). This article explores parts of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, while the first covered locations in Tokyo. My day began early, with a 7:02 shinkansen out of Kyoto to...
Pilgrimage to Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

Pilgrimage to Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

I had the opportunity to see Shinkai Makoto’s latest work Kimi no Na wa. (君の名は。) in 2016 September, a few weeks after its original premiere in Japan, as well as visit many of the real locations that provided the basis for settings in the film. This article covers locations in Tokyo, a relatively compact swath...
Journey to the West

Journey to the West

Not to be confused with the Chinese literature classic from the Ming Dynasty, an account of the journey of Xuanzang and his three disciples from China to India in search of the roots of Buddhism, this is my no less epic tale of traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto over eleven days with my (then four,...