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
Seichijunrei and butaitanbou
Courrier Japon translated the Associated Press article by Linda Lombardi on seichijunrei and butaitanbou subculture into Japanese. Linda and I worked closely together on the article.
Matsumoto Orange Butaimeguri
Mastsumoto Keizai Shimbun published an article about Orange Matsumoto locations being added to Butaimeguri, a popular augmented reality smartphone app that guides users through anime pilgrimages.
Anime Tourism Association
While there isn’t any new information, there has been a second wave of media coverage with the formal launch of Kadokawa’s plans to spearhead an anime tourism campaign, creating a list of 88 pilgrimage locations informed by public survey and organizing a promotional tour. The campaign is managed by a partnership between Kadokawa, JTB, Japan Airlines and Narita Aiport, called the Anime Tourism Association. Media coverage: Nihon Keizai Shimbun, ITmedia, Associated Press, Japan Times
(ラブライブ！サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)
Shōgetsu (松月) bakery/cafe in Numazu
Awashima Marine Park Frog Museum (あわしまマリンパーク カエル館)
Tokyo Station (東京駅)
It seems like we’re going in circles, doesn’t it. Sunshine!! has now recycled all but a few of the locations used in the original Love Live! broadcast series.
Kanda Myōjin (神田明神)
Otonokizaka is a fictional location.
Tōkaidō Main Line (東海道本線)
Nebukawa Station (根府川駅) in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture
Once again, we’re magically transported from Nebukawa to the coastline back on the north side of Odawara, near Kōzu Station (国府津駅).
(ニューゲーム Nyū Gēmu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) east exit
Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Nishi-guchi Main Store (ヨドバシカメラ新宿西口本店)
Cafe used as third place.
(甘々と稲妻 Amaama to Inazuma)
Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) south exit
Chūō Line (Rapid) (中央線快速)
This is now the Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線), but the Orange manga began running in 2012, when it would have still been known as the Nagano Shinkansen.
Famiresu used as third place.
Mount Kōbō Tomb (弘法山古墳)
Future Season Pilgrimage
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4) to Tokyo locations for Kimi no Na wa. I went together with Mike on this hunt a few days ago. I’ll publish a post on our day once I’m back home.