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
J-Cast News published an article about Love Live! Sunshine!! anime pilgrims jumping in to manage traffic after a car accident in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Sankei Shimbun published an article about Izu-Nagaoka Station changing its exterior Love Live! Sunshine!! advertisements to versions with more subdued colors, after the city of Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture notified the operator they were in violation of a local ordinance. The rule banning flashy advertisements was created subsequent to a site in the city, the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces, being named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 and came into effect 2017 April. The station is used as a setting in the series.
Yomiuri Shimbum (article) and Mainichi Shimbun (article) published stories about the opening ceremony for a marketing collaboration between Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru and the city of Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture. The campaign includes vending machine wrappings, commemorative stamps sold by Japan Post and character themed local foodstuffs.
(宇宙よりも遠い場所 Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@metatetsu, a researcher at Shōwa Station in Antarctica, is publishing a pilgrimage (part 1) from the base. If you enjoyed the East Ongul Island scenes in the show, it’s worth perusing the other entries on the site index, particularly the spectacular photography of the night sky and aurora.
East Ongul Island, Antarctica
Shōwa Kichi (昭和基地)
Kimari takes the Keisei Main Line (京成本線) from Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 (Airport Terminal 2) Station (空港第2ビル駅).
Narita International Airport (成田国際空港)
Tōbu Isesaki Line (東武伊勢崎線)
Tōbu Isesaki Line crosses the Aogehori River (青毛堀川) as it passes through Kuki, Saitama Prefecture
Shin Chitose Airport (新千歳空港)
Morin-ji (茂林寺) in Tatebayashi
Shin Chitose Airport
(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)
Sumida River Terrace, Tsukuda section
Sumida River Terrace, Tsukishima (月島) section
Tsukishima Nishi-Naka-dōri Shōtengai (月島西仲通り商店街)
Sumiyoshi Jinja (住吉神社) torii in Tsukuda
Tsukishima Nishi-Naka-dōri Shōtengai
Sumida River Terrace, Tsukishima section
Kotobuki-dō in Nihonbashi-Ningyōchō (日本橋人形町), Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Sumiyoshi Jinja torii
Ginza Wakō Department Store (銀座和光)
Future Season Pilgrimage
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@touyoko_com made an investigative pilgrimage to locations in Italy and the Netherlands thought to have inspired settings in Violet Evergarden. He didn’t find any definitive matches, though it looked like a fun trip.
Past Season Pilgrimage
Frame Out, a blog that writes about exploring locations on bicycle, published an extensive pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!