Posts tagged "anime pilgrimage"
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,...
2016 Butaitanbou Summit in Chichibu-Hanno

2016 Butaitanbou Summit in Chichibu-Hanno

I’m on the Seibu Limited Express Chichibu 11, known as the New Red Arrow, departing Ikebukuro Station at 10:30 in the morning, with a troop of my favorite people. We’re bound for the end of the line, Seibu-Chichibu Station, our jumping off point for the Ninth Butaitanbou Summit (第9回舞台探訪サミットin秩父飯能), held this year in Chichibu and...
Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium

Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium

After living vicariously through friends’ tweets and blog posts during the 2015 Spring broadcast, in 2015 October I was finally able to make my own pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphonium (響け!ユーフォニアム). I study this kind of pop culture tourism—called seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) by casual participants, or butaitanbou (舞台探訪...
Podcast on Seichijunrei and Butaitanbou

Podcast on Seichijunrei and Butaitanbou

I was invited by Josh Dunham to have a conversation with him on his podcast Senpai Coast to Coast about pop culture tourism in Japan based on anime and manga. This practice is referred to broadly as seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage), or butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting) when describing the heart of the subculture. While...
Pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa for Musaigen no Phantom World

Pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa for Musaigen no Phantom World

In 2016 February, I was in Japan on holiday with my daughter Mei. We spent one day on a trip down to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture to meet up with friends and explore some of the real locations used as reference models for the setting of currently airing Kyoto Animation series Musaigen no Phantom...
Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 3

Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 3

Over the past three years, I’ve researched, photographed and written extensively about the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街) in Kyoto and its fictional alter ego, the Usagiyama Shōtengai from the Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market and film Tamako Love Story. I’ve used the real shopping arcade to explain urbanism and machizukuri (街づくり town making) concepts, and...
Butaitanbou Community Offline Meetings 2015 Fall

Butaitanbou Community Offline Meetings 2015 Fall

I have a problem with friends giving me gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate the gifts. The trouble is that they’re so thoughtful about choosing something that is 1) very interesting to me, 2) I can’t get anywhere outside of Japan, sometimes even one city, and 3) often comprise painstakingly crafted self-published works...
Contents Tourism Discussion with Okamoto Takeshi

Contents Tourism Discussion with Okamoto Takeshi

With all available shelf space already occupied, stacks of textbooks, anthologies and manga line a path so narrow I have to be careful where I step. If I don’t swivel my head as I go, I might take out a lineup of miniature Gundam models with my camera bag. No, this isn’t the club room...
2015 Butaitanbou Summit in Kagoshima

2015 Butaitanbou Summit in Kagoshima

It’s a funny thing to be over 30 and discover I’m just now finding my tribe. Stranger still that they come from a different place and culture than the one in which I grew up. For two days in July I was able to finally meet many of them face-to-face for the first time. These...
Eizan Electric Railway K-On! Walk

Eizan Electric Railway K-On! Walk

For my last day on a stay in Kyoto, I had wanted to get away from the city center and have a good, meditative walk. The original plan was to follow the full length of the Eizan Electric Railway (叡山電鉄) Kurama Line, from Demachiyanagi all the way up through the hills to Kurama-dera. In the...
聖地巡礼と舞台探訪者コミュニティとの初めてのオフ会

聖地巡礼と舞台探訪者コミュニティとの初めてのオフ会

今回の話をどこから始めるべきか決めるのはなかなか難しい。表面的にシンプルに言ってしまえば、東京と京都で開かれた2つのオフ会の話になる。一人を除いてほぼ全員が初めてお会いする方々だった。これ自体はさほど珍しいことではないのだが、今回のオフ会が特別であったのは、この2年間(そのルーツは更に過去に遡る)追い続けてきた長い道のりの転換点となったことである。
First Offline Meetings with the Seichijunrei-Butaitanbou Community

First Offline Meetings with the Seichijunrei-Butaitanbou Community

It is difficult to figure out where to begin with this story. On the surface, it is simply about two gatherings of friends, the first in Tokyo and second in Kyoto. That I am meeting all but one of them face-to-face for the first time is significant, though not especially unusual. The meetings are special...