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.
(響け! ユーフォニアム Hibike! Yūfoniamu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Todō Senior High School (莵道高校). Students begin the walk home from school on their evening commute.
Seven Eleven Uji Ōbaku Park shop (セブンイレブン宇治黄檗公園店)
Kumiko, Sapphire and Hazuki stop at a convenience store on the walk to the train station.
Tea fields near the Uji Okurayama post office (宇治御蔵山郵便局), about a 15 minute walk from Rokujizō Station
Rokujizō Station (六地蔵駅)
Midori makes a second attempt at the gashapon machine while Kumiko and Hazuki wait across the street from the convenience store.
The girls meet Shūichi at the station entrance. He asks them to stop for a brief meeting to discuss school matters before everyone heads home.
Hadoyama Third Childrens Park (羽戸山第3児童公園), near Todō Senior High School
Todō Senior High School
(やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続 Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Hachiman accompanies Hayato on a group date. Everyone meets at the Chiba Station (千葉駅) east entrance.
Chiba PARCO (千葉パルコ)
Saizeriya Chiba Chūō shop (サイゼリヤ千葉中央店)
Saint Marc Cafe Chiba Chūō Ginza-dōri shop (サンマルクカフェ 千葉中央銀座通り店)
Chiba Station east entrance bicycle parking area
Yui asks Hachiman to walk home together from school so that she can share the news of a big decision with him. After leaving the school, they pass Nakatakahama Park (中高浜公園).
The sidewalk is separate from the street by trees, shrubs and guardrails.
(長門有希ちゃんの消失 Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Nishinomiya-Kita High School (西宮北高等学校). Students begin the walk home on the evening commute.
After getting careless and embarrassing myself last week, I took extra care to confirm—and double check with Haruhi location expert @keyboar—that this cafe is indeed the well-known third place used extensively in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu. While we’re here, let’s unpack the shop name: 自家焙煎 珈琲屋 ドリーム [Tabelog]
自家焙煎 (jika baisen) – in house roasted [beans]
珈琲屋 (kōhī-ya) – coffee shop
– Coffee is more often written in katakana (コーヒー), but is also transliterated with kanji, similar to Chinese. Phonetic readings without meaning are known as ateji (当て字).
ドリーム (dorīmu) – dream
It’s generally referred to as just 珈琲屋ドリーム, so Cafe Dream or Coffeehouse Dream would be the most idiomatic English translation.
Cafe Dream is something of a pop culture tourism icon. Haruhi fans continue to make visits as they pass through Nishinomiya, many years after the original broadcasts.
Kita-Shukugawa Bridge (北夙川橋)
Terraced and tiled river embankment (土手 dote) creates a walkable public space along the Shukugawa.
Ginsui Bridge (銀水橋)
Nishinomiya-Kita High School. Students walk to school on the morning commute.
( レーカン! Rēkan!)
Re-Kan! has a comparatively low production value, so while it’s hard to be completely certain, this looks a lot like the beach on the west side of Inamuragasaki (稲村ケ崎) cape in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.
There’s only one green and yellow seaside rail line that shows up in beach episodes that I know of. While the details aren’t quite right, this is clearly inspired by the Enoshima Electric Railway (江ノ島電鉄).
The wooden floors and green upholstery are consistent with Enoden.
However, the train chassis looks more or less like a KiHa 40 series DMU, a widely used model that often stands in as a generic local train type in anime. Oh well.
Back in her ‘gangster’ days, Kyōko fought thugs targeting young girls in the downtown shopping district.
(ハロー!! きんいろモザイク Harō!! Kin’iro Mozaiku)
Sakura (佐倉), Chiba Prefecture. Aya waits for Yoko on the walk from their homes to the train station on the morning commute to school.
Keisei-Usui Station (京成臼井駅)
Everyone meets in the plaza in front of the station before taking a train together, though as always, we never actually see the train.
Mimomi (実籾), Narashino, Chiba Prefecture
Mimomi Hongō Park (実籾本郷公園)
Food vendor outside train station
Yoko’s younger siblings Mitsuki and Kota play in the neighborhood street outside their home.
They eventually draw the Yoko’s friends into their antics.