Posts tagged "contents tourism"
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...
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...