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
Takehara Tamayura seichijunrei
Yomiuri Shimbun published stories (article 1, article 2) on seichijunrei to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura. The release of Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Dai-4-bu Asa -Ashita- on 2016 April 2 marked the completion of the animated works, from OVAs to two broadcast seasons and a four part theatrical film. Special events in Takehara to commemorate the ending included a “graduation” ceremony in the town shōtengai, in which diplomas were presented to the show’s voice actors.
Uji Eupho seichijunrei
Kyoto Shimbun published an article that cites seichijunrei for Hibike! Euphonium as one of several drivers of record visitors to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture in 2015.
Demachi Ikawa Toy closing
Kyoto Shimbun published an article about Ikawa Toy in the Demachi Masugata Shotengai in Kyoto. The toy shop run by run by Ikawa Kikuko was the model for Tokiwa-dō in Tamako Market and will close after 90 years of business.
Enoshima Tsuritama seichijunrei
Asahi Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Enoshima in Kanagawa Prefecture for Tsuritama.
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Toyama City (富山市), Toyama Prefecture
Toyama Castle (富山城)
Kurobe Dam (黒部ダム)
Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線)
(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 3. Photos: (tweet 1) seichijunrei exchange notebook at Ishiba-ya sake shop, (tweet 2) handmade map at tourism office shows how to combine Flying Witch seichijunrei with cherry blossom viewing during the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri
Anime trope alert: City-slicker comes back to the countryside and can’t understand the local dialect. While it’s usually exaggerated for comedic effect, in this case the Tsugaru dialect (津軽弁) spoken in Aomori Prefecture is noted for being too divergent from standard Japanese for many non-speakers to understand it.
Shinmei-gū (神明宮) in Aoyagi Shimoyuguchi (青柳下湯口), Hirosaki
(コンクリート・レボルティオ～超人幻想～ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Sapporo (札幌), Hokkaidō Prefecture
Prior to the opening of New Chitose Airport in 1988, the original Chitose Airport operated a shared airfield with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Chitose Air Base (千歳基地).
(ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った? Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?)
This week’s eyecatch is the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha in Cairo, Egypt.
Matsudo High School (松戸市立松戸高等学校) in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture
Shin-Kashiwa Station (新柏駅)
(田中くんはいつもけだるげ Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)