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
Butaitanbou-sha Izuki interview
Seichi Kaigi issue 22 features an interview with Izuki (伊月 @bluetwintail), who leads fan-initiated Lucky Star activity in Kuki and Satte, Saitama Prefecture, and established a paradigm for local government anime tourism engagement when the series first aired over ten years ago.
Danro published an article by Kawashima Tarō in which the researcher outlines trends in seichijunrei, with emphasis on the point that it is a relatively low-cost and potentially high-return marketing opportunity for local governments. He goes on to put it in the broader context of pop culture tourism, tracing media-induced travel back to Genji Monogatari.
Uji Eupho events
The upcoming weekend and following week will be a busy time for Hibike! Euphonium pilgrims in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. On June 2, the Yōkoso Festival—a fan event encompassing dōjinshi sales, panel discussions, cosplay, concert and stamp rally—will be held at the Uji City Cultural Center. This is a an all ages event, free and open to the public. The city of Uji is also holding a digital stamp rally from June 1 to 4, in which participants must visit specific locations in the city and tag them on Instagram, with Liz to Aoi Tori prizes for those who complete it. Hibike! Euphonium character panels will be set up in locations around the city on June 5, as fans and the general public head to Uji for Agata Matsuri, which begins in the late evening and continues into the early hours of the next day.
Usagiyama Dai Bazaar
The Usagiyama Dai Bazaar will also be held on June 2, at the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto. This is the third time the Tamako Market dōjinshi sale and fan exchange event has been held in the shopping arcade that was the main setting of the series.
Yamanashi Yuru Camp tour
Mainichi Shimbun published an article about an official tour of Yuru Camp locations on May 25 and 26, organized by the Yamanashi Tourism Promotion Organization.
Numazu manhole vandalism
J-Cast News (article) and Shizuoka Shimbun (article) published stories about vandalism of the Love Live! Sunshine!! manhole covers recently installed in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Caron Cooper and Kin’iro Mosaic
The web version of the official BBC News Points West broadcast is geolocked to the United Kingdom, but someone helpfully recorded the segment on Fosse Farmhouse and owner Caron Cooper’s efforts to promote British-Japanese cross cultural exchange. The bed and breakfast in Castle Combe, England is used as the model for the Cartelet home in Kin’iro Mosaic.
(ウマ娘 プリティーダービー Uma Musume Puritī Dābī)
Kyoto Racecourse (京都競馬場)
Update 2018/06/06: @hiphaist discovered (tweet), although the station building model is Ginzan Station, the scene around it comes from Hidaka-Mombetsu Station (日高門別駅), blended together to create Special Week’s home station.)
KaraokeKan Harajuku No. 2 shop (カラオケ館 原宿２号店)
(あまんちゅ！〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
— 常夏@10/8-10伊東秋の大祭撮影 (@tokonatu1224) May 27, 2018
Anachronisms like the candy store and telephone booth are used to show that we’re seeing parts of the city as they appeared in earlier periods of time.
Izu-Kōgen Station (伊豆高原駅) in Itō
Though the platforms and shelters have changed little over time, the station entrance that appears later is a nod to the past.
Izu-Kōgen Station once had two ticket gates, one on either side of the track. The west side was called the Kōgen entrance (高原口), and on the east, depicted in the episode is the Yawatano entrance (八幡野口). Yawatano was closed in 1994, and the entire station building eventually consolidated as the Yamamo Plaza (やまもプラザ). The new building has new entrances, however locals have continued to refer to them with the old names. The Sakuranamiki entrance (桜並木口) on the north side is called Kōgen, the Yamamo entrance (やまも口) on the south side is called Yawatano.
(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)
The SNS siblings return for a second installment at the Nakai No. 4 crossing (中井4号踏切) in Nakai 1-chōme, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis.