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 sacred site pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting)—on this website referred to collectively as anime pilgrimage—which are forms of place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.
Media and General Interest
Yuwaku Onsen Shūhōkaku Closing
Shūhōkaku (秀峰閣), the model for onsen ryokan Fukuya in Hanasaku Iroha, closed for business on 2018 March 18. Fans organized a final offline group meeting, staying at Shūhōkaku over the final evening and holding a small ceremony to express gratitude. Shūhōkaku has been a popular lodging choice for anime pilgrims since the 2011 broadcast, and was the venue of a past Butaitanbou Community summit.
— 天狼星 (@tianlangxing) March 18, 2018
— あさがお (@asagao_0405) March 17, 2018
— 染犬（そめ） (@someinu) March 17, 2018
— 吉田 匡 (@yoshi_data) March 18, 2018
— 染犬（そめ） (@someinu) March 18, 2018
National Institute of Polar Research Yorimoi collaboration
MyNavi News published an article about a collaboration event for Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho to be held at the National Institute of Polar Research in Tachikawa on 2018 March 31.
Kan’onji Yuyuyu event
Anime Tourism Association is organizing a collaboration event (official page) for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru in Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture from 2018 March 10 to 29.
(宇宙よりも遠い場所 Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@LeeShouki made a pilgrimage to Fremantle, Australia for Episode 7.
— Zach (李 昭輝) (@LeeShouki) March 9, 2018
East Ongul Island, Antarctica
Shōwa Kichi (昭和基地)
Geodetic survey markers are used to measure the latitude, longitude and elevation of fixed points on Earth, and track how they change over time.
(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)
From the noren down, the confectioner is modeled on Kotobuki-dō in Nihonbashi-Ningyōchō (日本橋人形町), Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. We see it more often and from more angles in this episode than in most.
Sumida River Terrace (隅田川テラス), Tsukuda section
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@yamagishi made a pilgrimage to Gobō, Mihama and Wakayama City (all Wakayama Prefecture) for Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! -Take on Me-. The locations are allusions to the setting of earlier work Air.
I wonder if it’s still considered seichijunrei if it’s the director making the pilgrimage. In any event, Kishi Seiji enjoys making periodic visits to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, the setting of Tsuki ga Kirei.
— 監督 岸誠二(チームティルドーン所属) (@kishiseiji) March 18, 2018