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
Kyoto Shimbun published an article about continued presence of anime pilgrims at the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto for Tamako Market, several years after the initial television broadcast and theatrical film sequel.
Shirabee published an article about a Kimi no Na wa. pilgrimage tour around Tokyo offered by travel agency Willer, including photography from aboard the “cafe bus” used for the service.
(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)
Jōhana Sakura Line (城端さくら線)
Warabiya villagers escalate their protest of the planned bus route cancellation.
The professor explains to Sanae how the digital literacy the tourism board has fostered enables the villagers to create their own anthropological record.
Jōhana Sakura Line
The lanterns used by the villagers to communicate is an example of the local knowledge and practices the professor has been able to observe and document by taking up residence alongside his study subjects.
Takamiyazawa and Sanae create a concept on-demand bus route using a web-based reservation platform to reduce costs for the operator and maintain transit access in the remote village.
Satisfied with the outcome, the villagers withdraw their protest.
After the professor’s death, the villagers and tourism board discover twenty years’ worth of observational notes he had collected over the course of his study. I get the feeling that both the information within the notebooks, as well as the idea of iterative, detailed observation of local culture and practices, will inform the tourism board’s approach going forward, perhaps spearheaded by Sanae.
(ニューゲーム!! Nyū Gēmu!!)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Asagaya Minami (阿佐谷南), Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Past Season Pilgrimage
@yomikatajiyu updated his series (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7, post 8, post 9) of pilgrimages to Tokyo, Nagoya and Gifu Prefecture locations for Kimi no Na wa. with new image comparisons utilizing the Blu-ray release.