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
Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about unexpected negative feedback received by the city of Tottori when it solicited public opinion about a plan to plant new cherry trees at the Tottori Castle ruins. Fans of Free! expressed concern this would alter landscapes that appeared in the anime series.
Searchina published an article about strong and sustained tourism interest in Kamakura from China and Taiwan related to Slam Dunk.
Domo published an interview with the manager of the Yasuda-ya Ryokan in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, discussing the surge of interest in the traditional inn from fans of Love Live! Sunshine!!
Gigazine published a review of a special edition of magazine Tabi to Tetsudō, titled Anime to Tetsudō, which will be released in 2017 December. The entire issue devoted to trains and railroad assets that appear in anime follows popular special features on the topic that appeared in earlier issues of the magazine.
(ラブライブ! サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain!!)
Plaza Verde (プラザヴェルデ)
Jumbo Encho Numazu shop (ジャンボエンチョー沼津店)
Covered passageway between the Numazu Riverside Hotel (沼津リバーサイドホテル) and adjacent condo
Jumbo Encho Numazu shop
Around the side of Yasuda-ya Ryokan (安田屋旅館)
Just above the Nagaisaki Junior High School bus stop (長井崎中学校バス停)
Mito swimming beach (三津海水浴場)
(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Sumida River Terrace (隅田川テラス)
Tsukuda Park (佃公園)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@unimaru_ made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 5:
— うにまる (@unimaru_) November 4, 2017
Fujisawa Station (藤沢駅)
Tully’s Coffee Fujisawa OPA shop (タリーズコーヒー 藤沢オーパ店)
Fujisawa OPA (藤沢オーパ)
Kokuya Fujisawa shop (古久家 藤沢店)
Yūrindō Fujisawa shop (有隣堂 藤沢店)
Fujisawa Station bus rotary
Kajiwaraguchi bus stop (梶原口バス停)
(結城友奈は勇者である -鷲尾須美の章- Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru -Washio Sumi no Shō-)
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (京都市美術館)
Seto-Chūō Expressway (瀬戸中央自動車道), between the Sakaide and Sakaide-Kita interchanges
Kasuga Jinja (春日神社)
Near Kasuga Jinja
(Wake Up, Girls! 新章 Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō)
NTT Docomo Sendai Building (NTTドコモ仙台ビル), viewed from pedestrian deck outside Sendai Station east exit
Future Season Pilgrimage
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Koganei, Tokyo Metropolis for Netojū no Susume.