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
Izu Shimbun published an article about Love Live! Sunshine!! fan engagement at the Tsuji Photo House in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. The film developer has included in its gallery photographs of the city taken by anime pilgrims, and encourages Love Live! fans to use the shop as a place to interact with other visitors and local residents.
Butaitanbou Community table at Comiket 92, including Tanbōro (探訪路) Volume 2.5:
新刊 探訪路VOL2.5を始め色々と取り揃えてございます。 pic.twitter.com/PT6UhU1LiY
— 【公式】舞台探訪者コミュニティ(BTC) (@BTC_info__) August 12, 2017
(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
There are a large and growing number of ‘temporarily closed’ and permanently abandoned (廃墟 haikyo) man-made structures in Japan. A passionate subset of urban explorers make a past-time of exploring the latter.
When Yoshino and her team first encounter the (only temporarily closed, for now) school in Manoyama, they are only here to search for more of the needed paraphernalia to revive the city’s past festival.
Because maintaining the school’s temporarily closed status means making periodic visits and leaving building systems connected to electricity, it continues to incur operating costs despite disuse. The city plans to demolish it in the near term.
In order to make the festival a reality, Yoshino must once again round up a coalition of stakeholders. Some can provide financial or in-kind support, others just need to be kept in the know.
Inami (井波), Nanto
As they trace the former festival procession route through the town to its finish point in the lake, Kadota makes a rare confession of fear. Though he feels responsible for the cancelling of the festival and has pursued town revitalization through different means as a penance, he would not have had the courage to revisit the past and resurrect the festival without Yoshino’s initiative.
Sanae and Yoshino examine case studies of reusing closed schools, particularly in the context of town revitalization.
Cafe used as third place. As with previous plans, by bring the school reuse discussion to Angelica’s, the team is able to use cafe regulars as sounding boards for their early ideas.
Jōhana Station (城端駅)
Jōhana Line (城端線)
(ニューゲーム!! Nyū Gēmu!!)
Though you may not recognize specific locations immediately, especially if they are off the main street, it’s usually not hard to identify Akihabara in anime just from the signage and shopfront displays. In this tilt shot, the art combines elements from several different stores on the west side of Chūō-dōri
Bright blue displays make me think of Sofmap.
Yoyogi Park (代々木公園) in Shibuya Ward
Bondi Cafe Yoyogi Beach Park (ボンダイカフェヨヨギビーチパーク ) in Tomigaya (富ヶ谷), Shibuya Ward
Cafe used as third place
Nakasugi-dōri (中杉通り) in Asagaya Minami (阿佐谷南), Suginami Ward
Future Season Pilgrimage
@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Miyake-jima for Two Car, premiering 2017 October. The inhabited volcanic island is administratively part of Tokyo Metropolis, but is 180 southeast of Honshū in the Philippine Sea.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@nadukari_h made pilgrimages to (post 14) Ōtsuki, Yamanashi Prefecture; Ranzan, Saitama Prefecture; Fuji-Q Highland;; (post 15) Hamamatsu Air Park;; (post 16) Kamikōchi, Nagano Prefecture; Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for Shirobako.