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
Manoyama Research Society
A symposium commemorating the establishment of the Manoyama Research Society (間野山研究学会) was held on 2018 April 21 in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture. The association takes its name from the fictional city in P.A.Works series Sakura Quest, based on real locations in Nanto, and will examine regional promotion and reconstruction in rural areas through pop culture-induced tourism.
Musashi-Sakai x Shirobako Spring Festival
Shirobako and Musashi-Sakai will hold the Musashi-Sakai x Shirobako Spring Festival on 2018 April 28, featuring live talk shows with cast, goods and a stamp rally. Musashi-Sakai is the location of Skip-dōri Shotengai and nearby areas used as settings in the series.
Yuru Camp seichijunrei
Sankei Shimbun published an article about the boost in visitors to Lake Shibire and other locations in Yamanagshi, Shizuoka and Nagano prefectures resulting from Yuru Camp.
Gifu Kawai-sō map
Comic Natalie published an article about an official anime pilgrimage map for Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sō released by Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture.
Kan’onji Yuyuyu collaboration
Asahi Shimbun published an article about efforts by Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture to drive tourism through a marketing collaboration with the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru series, including recent installation of character themed vending machines around the city.
@offtama published a report with extensive photography from the Takayama Matsuri, including cherry blossoms and Hyōka pilgrimage.
(ウマ娘 プリティーダービー Uma Musume Puritī Dābī)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@hiphaist made a pilgrimage to Ginzan Station in Niki, Hokkaidō Prefecture for the OP and Episode 2.
Tokyo Racecourse (東京競馬場) in Fuchū (府中), Tokyo Metropolis
Shibuya scramble crossing (渋谷スクランブル交差点)
Shibuya Station (渋谷駅)
Take Yutaka (武 豊), playing himself, is a jockey with long and record-filled career, well-known in Japan and overseas.
(あまんちゅ！〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)
Update 2018/05/01: Redditor subOpticglitch did me a huge favor and tracked down new locations in this episode.
The daytime practice and night diving session take place in adjacent coves along the coast in the Akazawa (赤沢) area of Itō, Shizoka Prefecture, almost at the southern edge of the city limit. In the background of the above frame, you can see the boat launch where the night diving takes place.
The area with the boat ramp is the Akazawa Diving Center (赤沢ダイビングセンター).
The ryokan where the diving club stays is the Tōkaikan (東海館) in Higashimatsubarachō, back up in the center of Itō.
Jury is still out on the rest.
(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@ssslocation made pilgrimages to the Tōjō No. 23 crossing in Itabashi Ward for Episode 2 and Second Nakazato crossing in Nakazato 3-chōme, Kita Ward for Episode 3.
Second Nakazato crossing (第二中里踏切) in Nakazato 3-chōme, Kita Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
According to location hunting team leader Itō Taiga, this will be the only crossing on the Yamanote Line in the series.
Yamanote Line (山手線)
Future Season Pilgrimage
@offtama (post) and @a01_sumi03 (post) made pilgrimages to and @yomikatajiyu compiled archive and Street View images of locations in Gujō, Gifu Prefecture for the PV to Banmeshi.
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@lidges made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Liz to Aoi Tori.
@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Sangenjaya, Suginami Ward for Hinamatsuri Episode 3.
@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations in Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward; and Musashi-Sakai and Kichijōji, Musashino (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Hinamatsuri Episode 1 through Episode 3
@unimaru_ made a pilgrimage to Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture and Bunkyō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Comic Girls.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park and Ginza (all Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis) for Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai Episode 1 through Episode 3.
@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Hibiya Park in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Lake Shibire in Ichikawamisato, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 6 and Episode 7.
@miyaken46 made a pilgrimage to Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Takadanobaba, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Koi wa Ameagari no You ni.
@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage to Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture for Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 12.
@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Iidabashi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.
@626shin made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 12.
@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa and Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Hinako Note.
@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Glastonbury and London, England for Little Witch Academia.
@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Demi-chan wa Kataritai.
@touyoko_com (post) and @fragments_sue (post) made pilgrimages to Ginzan Onsen in Obanazawa, Yamagata Prefecture for Girlish Number.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.).
@aga3104_keyaki made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture and Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture for Planetarian.
@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Arita and Yoshinogari, Saga Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 2, post 3, post 4) to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Robotics;Notes.
@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Fate/Zero.
@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany for Fate.
@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Miyagino Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture for Kannagi.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6) to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters per Second).
@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Kasumi Ward, Kami, Hyōgo Prefecture for Air.