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
Mainichi Shimbun (article) and Sankei Shimbun (article) published stories about the donation of the vacant land that would have been the location of the Hōjō family home in Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni to the city of Kure by the Kōno family, with instructions to use it for the purpose of regional revitalization. Plans for the site include paving and tiling an area to show the footprint of the house as part of an attraction designed to allow anime tourists to visit and experience the location as it appeared in the film. This is a remarkable reversal in the state of affairs from a little over one year ago, when the film’s production committee and director Katabuchi Sunao denounced butaitanbou-sha and seichijunrei-sha who had visited the location (accessible by public roads), demanded they and professional media organizations delete any published photographic or textual information regarding the location, desist publishing new information, and cease visiting the site.
(宇宙よりも遠い場所 Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis; Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture; Singapore; and Fremantle, Australia covering Episode 3 through Episode 5.
Victoria Quay in Fremantle, Australia
Fremantle Markets were built beginning in 1897, and in 1993 were permanently listed on the Register of Heritage Places kept by the Heritage Council of Western Australia.
Harumi Passenger Terminal (晴海客船ターミナル) in Harumi, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Gunma Prefectural Tsutsujigaoka Park (群馬県立つつじが岡公園) in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@teo_imperial made pilgrimages to (post 1) Ramen Jirō Mita head shop in Mita, Minato Ward; and (post 2) Men Dainingu Totoko in Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.