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
All About published a detailed guide to non-Japan anime pilgrimage locations.
(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Mount Iwaki (岩木山)
Kamisukisawa (紙漉沢), Hirosaki
A bus trip takes the cast to even less developed areas further away from the Hirosaki commercial center. Prominent use of the buses, including the real corporate logos, is likely an output of the formal marketing collaboration between the anime production committee and local transit operator.
In anime, we often see tight shots of an IC card being swiped over a ticket gate at train stations. The stop request button shot is something of an equivalent for bus travel.
Shimo-ōaki-iriguchi bus stop (下大秋入口バス停)
Picking sansai (山菜), wild mountain vegetables
Taishō Roman Kissa-shitsu (大正浪漫喫茶室) is a tearoom in Kamishirogane-chō (上白銀町), on the south side of the outer moat surrounding Hirosaki Park and Hirosaki Castle.
(田中くんはいつもけだるげ Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)
Shiraishi and other students walk home from school on the afternoon commute.
The east end of the Hiroshima Hondōri Shōtengai (広島本通商店街) stops just short of Chūō-dōri, the main north-south boulevard with its own shōtengai in the center of Hiroshima, instead depositing shoppers into a dense, largely pedestrian street cluster including other, smaller shōtengai and department stores.
Tanaka and Ohta are followed by Tanaka’s sister into a tiled plaza adjacent to the Hiroshima PARCO department store.
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Dual function transit system handles both civilian passenger traffic and large freight transport. You never know when your giant robot might break down and need a tow to the dealer.
(コンクリート・レボルティオ～超人幻想～ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Vietnam War imagery
An Inari jinja (稲荷神社), not sure where
Abandoned strip mall
Yoyogi Hachiman-gū (代々木八幡宮)
(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?)
Shin-Kashiwa Station (新柏駅)
This week’s eyecatch: The Great Pyramid of Giza or Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt is missing its capstone. A wooden tripod was added to the top so that it can continue to be called the tallest pyramid, not nearby Pyramid of Khafre.
Past Season Pilgrimage
A Korean fan made a pilgrimage to Otsu, Shiga Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!