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
Anime seichijunrei trends
Sankei Shimbun published a long article reviewing recent trends in anime seichijunrei, citing examples of fan engament from Kimi no Na wa., Lucky Star, Girls und Panzer and Saki, and a summary of discussion topics from the 2017 National Anime Seichijunrei Summit in Yoshino.
Shimoda Natsuiro Kiseki Harris’ Footbath
Izu Shimbun published an article about fans of Natsuiro Kiseki petitioning the city of Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture to reopen a hot spring footbath that appeared in the series.
Kurashiki Hirune Hime collaboration
The city of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture has rolled out a local promotional campaign including bus and train wrappings, and a stamp rally, in advance of Kamiyama Kenji theatrical film Hirune Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~, premiering March 18. Media coverage: RBB Today, Sanyo Shimbun (article 1, article 2, article 3), Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun (article 1, article 2), MyNavi News.
Karatsu Yūri!!! on Ice collaboration
Saga Shimbun published an article about opening day events for a two month long tourism promotion campaign in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, a collaboration between the city, prefecture and Yūri!!! on Ice production committee.
(小林さんちのメイドラゴン Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
A cooking challenge pits Tōru and Kobayashi, and their respective shopping styles against each other. Tōru heads to the shōtengai—
—Kobayashi to the modern supermarket.
Just south of Koshigaya City Hall (越谷市役所)
Higashi-Nihonbashi (東日本橋), Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
In reality, the meat shop location is a small parking lot.
(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Kyoto Hotel Okura (京都ホテルオークラ)
Looking east on Yasaka-dōri, with Hōkan-ji (法観寺) in the background
Kyoto Station (京都駅)
Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線)
Awnings and temporary heavy plastic enclosures allow these small izakaya to continue open shopfront service through the winter months. They’re more permanent than a yatai, but not as closed off as a formal restaurant.
Prison gate inspired by designs of architect Yamashita Keijirō (山下啓次郎)
Asakusa Public Hall (浅草公会堂)