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.
Media and General Interest
Enoden contents tourism
Ignition published a translated article from the original at Toyo Keizai Online, an interview with former CEO of the Enoshima Electric Railway, Fukaya Kenji. There are several mentions of Enoden’s significant presence in pop culture media, and specifically regarding its popularity among East Asian tourists for its inclusion in the manga and anime Slam Dunk.
(ガッチャマン クラウズ インサイト Gatchaman Kurauzu Insaito)
Train fare payment using near field communication components embedded in a smartphone, such as JR East’s Mobile Suica
Toyosu (豊洲), Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Toyosu was created on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay and is one of the last areas available for significant developement near central Tokyo. Like Odaiba, Toyosu is characterized by wider roads and longer blocks, more open spaces, big box retail shopping centers and residential towers compared with older neighborhoods in the city.
Use of fast food restaurant as third place
Covered bicycle parking area
(アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ Aidorumasutā Shinderera Gāruzu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
PROCEN STUDIO (プロセンスタジオ), located at the Moto-Akasaka Chisei Building (元赤坂知性ビル) in Moto-Akasaka, Minato Ward
Tokyo Station (東京駅)
Elevated pedestrian footbridge (横断歩道橋 ōdanhodōkyō) near Aoyama Gakuin University (青山学院大学) in Shibuya
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (東京体育館) in Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward
River embankment (土手 dote) along the Tama River (多摩川)