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 disappointing tourism sites—places that fail to meet the expectations of visitors. It mentions anime pilgrimage to Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.—in which tourists describe the real locations being not as beautiful as they are drawn in the film.
Yuru Camp and Fuji-Q Highland issued a press release with full details of their planned marketing collaboration. Promotional activities will include camping at PICA Fuji Saiko, stamp rally, live talk show, commemorative train tickets, clear file with original illustration and other goods, and—best of all—grilled marshmallows. Media coverage: Netorabo
@naruKG95 published a report of topics covered at the Yoshino Anime Seichijunrei Fest, which featured lectures on anime tourism and regional promotion by academic researchers and industry professionals in Yoshino, Nara prefecture on 2018 March 25.
P.A.Works will hold an event with Sakura Quest cast, director and studio president Horikawa Kenji at Sakuragaike in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture on 2018 May 20, including cherry tree planting intended to make the location resemble how it was depicted in the series.
April 12 was the 10th anniversary of the first Butaitanbou Community summit, which brought together anime pilgrims and scene hunters from across Japan:
— 【公式】舞台探訪者コミュニティ(BTC) (@BTC_info__) April 11, 2018
(ウマ娘 プリティーダービー Uma Musume Puritī Dābī)
I’m not completely certain, but think this is the Sekido Bridge (関戸橋) on the Tama River between Fuchū and Tama, Tokyo Metropolis.
(あまんちゅ！〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)
Itō Station (伊東駅)
Chūō Shōtengai (中央商店街)
Itō Orange Beach (伊東オレンジビーチ)
Ideyu Bridge (いでゆ橋)
Hachiman Jinja (八幡神社)
Itō Orange Beach
(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Tōjō No. 23 crossing (東上本線第23号踏切) in Itabashi Ward
Tōbu Tōjō Line (東武東上線)
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@offtama previously published pilgrimages to campgrounds and locations in Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures for Yuru Camp, and has divided them up into separate articles for easier reading: Komagane, Yamanashi City, Motosu Lake, Asagiri Kōgen, Nanbu/Minobu.