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 holy land pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting), which are pop culture tourism and place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.
Media and General Interest
Location Japan published an article about pop culture tourism to Hida, Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa., then goes on to discuss a precedent pattern when the city featured in 2002 television series Sakura.
(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)
The plan to revive a long-abandoned local festival sends Yoshino and her team around Manoyama’s downtown and exurban areas to search for paraphernalia associated with the festival. They meet and interact with older residents through this process.
Jōhana Sakura Line (城端さくら線)
Residents living in more remote areas of the city are upset about the planned reduction of the bus route which will leave them without access to public transportation. One resident describes loss of the route as taking away freedom.
Cafe used as third place
During their visits, Yoshino and the team had discovered that the city previously distributed tablet computers to older residents, but in the absence of training in how to use them, most did not not understand how they could be used to communicate and facilitate needs. Sanae recommends training sessions for using the tablets, which she predicts will both give residents useful tools and help the tourism board learn more about the past festival.
A webcast is started to encourage more online engagement among residents.
Jōhana Station (城端駅)
Manoyama seniors understandably still don’t like the idea of the bus route going away, and use their new appreciation for web-based communication platforms to turn the tables on Yoshino and the town.
(ニューゲーム!! Nyū Gēmu!!)
Asagaya Minami (阿佐谷南), Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Easter Egg: The small building visible behind the slope in the center of the frame is the office of Hobunsha (芳文社), the publisher of the New Game! manga.
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@nadukari_h made pilgrimages to (post 8) Chōfu Airport; (post 9) Ōizumigakuenchō, Nerima Ward; and (post 10) locations in Shunjuku Ward, Nakano Ward and Shibuya Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Shirobako.