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 sacred site pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting)—on this website referred to collectively as anime pilgrimage—which are forms of place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.
(中二病でも恋がしたい! Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!)
Yūta and Rikka each try to work up the courage to confess their feelings for the other. The buildup begins as they leave the school cultural festival preparation, stopping first at Keihan Ishiyama Station.
Attempt number two happens inside the “EcDonald’s” across from the station, where they’ve taken shelter from the rain.
Through the window on the left: bicycle parking
Crossing the Seta River using the Tōkaidō bridge pedestrian lane. It’s hard to believe, but this is actually the original Tōkaidō (東海道 East Sea Road), the route which has connected Kyoto and Tokyo since the Edo period and from which the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Tōkaidō Main Line take their names. These days, the trains and Tōmei and Meishin Expressways serve the role of the original route.
They retrieve Rikka’s umbrella from under the bridge, on the pedestrian path that runs along the east shore of Seta River.
Looking southwest across the river, the other bridges and buildings on the shore provide convenient mood lighting.
Yūta hesitates as a cyclist goes past.
Tōka and Yūta meet at a famiresu to talk about how to help Rikka. Unlike a family restaurant in the US, famiresu are a bit more versatile, combining the roles of casual dining, cafe and public-ish space. While you can order a meal and leave when finished, you can also just sit and chat with friends over a continuous stream of coffee and cake, and even stay through the night if the location is 24-hours.
(好きっていいなよ。 Suki-tte Ii na yo.)
Yamato wants to wait for Mei to finish her shift working at the bakery.
Residential neighborhood small streets
Pedestrian bridge crossing the canal near school
(神様はじめました Kamisama Hajimemashita)
Covered bicycle parking at Nanami’s highschool
Anyone know where this is? Might be in Kawagoe, but could also be somewhere on the west side of Tokyo.
(となりの怪物くん Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun)
The commercial district is decked out for Christmas.
Christmas party at the batting center
(コード: ブレイカー Kōdo:Bureikā)
Pedestrian lanes on both sides of this bridge
Can’t figure out what bridge this is supposed to be. There aren’t that many with a direct sight line to Tokyo Skytree, but none look anything like this. Maybe I’m chasing a phantom ^_^