Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may have current episode available at the time this column is published.
(響け! ユーフォニアム Hibike! Yūfoniamu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@ye_bi_su (post), @mi_kawana (updated post), @R_ada_cchi (post), @kbt_tigers1985 (post), @seki_saima (post) and @thunder_cycle (updates: post 1, post 2, post 3) made pilgrimages to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 7.
Newcomer @tugend_blog made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7, post 8, post 9, post 10, post 11, post 12) to Kyoto and Uji for the OP and Episode 1 through Episode 6.
Uji Jinja (宇治神社)
Tōshin Prep School JR Uji Ekimae branch (東進衛星予備校JR宇治駅前校)
Seven Eleven JR Uji Ekimae shop (セブン-イレブンJR宇治駅前店)
Todō Senior High School (莵道高校)
McDonald’s Uji Kohata shop (マクドナルド宇治木幡店)
Kumiko, Hazuki and Midori use the fast food franchise as a third place for a meeting and snack on the commute home from school.
Grade level railroad crossing (踏切 fumikiri) near Kowata Station (木幡駅)
Hazuki disembarks as Shūichi boards at Ōbaku Station (黄檗駅).
Stealth mode Kōsaka
Uji Bridge (宇治橋) west end
(ハロー!! きんいろモザイク Harō!! Kin’iro Mozaiku)
Shinobu and Alice walk together on the morning commute, before meeting the others at the train station plaza.
Public restroom at the train station
For the first time in the entire anime adaptation of Kinmoza, we actually see the Keisei Main Line (京成本線), though not until after the girls have disembarked and left the station.
Grade level railroad crossing (踏切 fumikiri) near Mimomi Station
Keisei Main Line, south side of the tracks adjacent to Mimomi Station
Students arrive at school at the end of the morning commute.
On a different day, the girls again meet up on the walk to the train station on the morning commute.
Once at school, Karen and Alice describe an episode from their life in England.
Fosse Farmhouse in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England
Bibury, Gloucestershire, England
At the end of the day, Alice helps an injured Karen back home from the train station.
Nanaido Park (七井戸公園) in Sakura
(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
Mihama Bridge (美浜大橋), connecting Utase and Isobe in Mihama Ward, Chiba City
(長門有希ちゃんの消失 Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu)
Tsuruya Aokijima shop (ツルヤ青木島店) in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture
Shōsenkaku (松仙閣) in Shinonoikomatsubara, Nagano City
Diamond Online published a very interesting article about the perspective of small business owners in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, who first learned of anime pop culture tourism through seichijunrei and butaitanbou practitioners visiting the small city on pilgrimages for Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Rokodoru Yattemita. A key point of the article is that locals did not expect to find that many of the pilgrims are not simply checking off boxes, but value connection and exchange with local residents and each other.