Posts tagged "ethnography"
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...
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...
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...
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...