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
Kitauji High School OB Wind Ensemble
Kyoto Shimbun published an article about the first performance given by a volunteer concert band created this year by fans of Hibike! Euphonium. 420 attended the performance at the Uji Cultural Center, and the band plans to give its second concert in 2017 December.
Shimogama Uchōten event
Kyoto Shimbun published an article about a promotional event for the second season of Uchōten Kazoku to be held at Shimogamo Jinja on 2017 January 12, the first time an anime-related activity will have been hosted on the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the work, Shimogamo is used as the home for the protagonist family of tanuki.
Hida seichi sake
Mainichi Shimbun published an article about brisk business experienced by a local sake shop in Hida, Gifu Prefecture selling “seichi sake” to fans visiting for Kimi no Na wa. Kuchikamizake (口噛み酒), spontaneously fermenting alcohol from rice and saliva, plays a role in the film. The special item sold at the Hida shop is ordinary rice wine, but is sold in packaging inspired by objects in the film.
Saga Yūri!!! on Ice collaboration
Saga Prefecture (press release) will enter a marketing collaboration with Yūri!!! on Ice to promote tourism to the show setting in Karatsu, as well as sales of local specialty products and anime goods. Media coverage: Mainichi Shimbun, Dengeki Online, Netorabo, Biglobe News, Jiji, animate Times, Comic Natalie
Kagawa Udon no Kuni pilgrimage map
The Kagawa Prefecture Tourism Association is releasing official Udon no Kuni pilgrimage maps, organized by episode.
(響け！ユーフォニアム2 Hibike! Yūfoniamu 2)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Kameyama Junction (亀山ジャンクション) on the Shin-Meishin Expressway in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture
Nagoya Congress Center (名古屋国際会議場) in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Hibino Station (Nagoya) (日比野駅 (名古屋市))
Century Hall (センチュリーホール)
(舟を編む Fune o Amu)
Enoshima Electric Railway (江ノ島電鉄) in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture
Inamuragasaki Station (稲村ケ崎駅)
Otonashi River (音無川), just west of Inamuragasaki Station
Munatsukizaka (胸突坂) in Hongō Kikuzaka (本郷菊坂), Bunkyō Ward
Tadon-zaka (炭団坂) in Hongō, Bunkyo Ward
(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Kamejima River flood gate (亀島川水門)
Tsukuda (small) Bridge (佃小橋)
Torii marking beginning of the approach to Sumiyoshi Jinja (住吉神社)
(うどんの国の金色毛鞠 Udon no Kuni no Kin’iro Kemari)
長崎ノ鼻, Takamatsu (高松), Kagawa Prefecture
Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad (高松琴平電気鉄道)
(ユーリ!!! on ICE Yūri on Aisu)
Tuchkov Bridge (Ту́чков мост) in Saint Petersburg, Russia