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
Keihan Electric Railway and subsidiary Eizan Electric Railway will collaborate with Kyōto Teramachi Sanjō no Holmes on a marketing campaign, including stamp rally and character panels displayed at train stations near locations that will appear in the series. Media coverage: Mainichi Shimbun, SankeiBiz, Comic Natalie, MyNavi News.
Move Design Lab published a brief observational study of pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!
Numazu Nakamise Shōtengai in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture has installed a new set of Love Live! Sunshine!! advertising banners along the entire shopping arcade.
Mitsubishi Motors Hyōgo Group’s editorial blog published an article about Cafe Dream and Suzumiya Haruhi pilgrimage in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture.
The Telegraph published an article about Castle Combe, England, mentioning Fosse Farmhouse owner Caron Cooper’s efforts to promote British-Japanese cross cultural exchange and the connection to anime series Kin’iro Mosaic.
NewSphere published an article about the recent United Kingdom coverage of the Fosse Farmhouse and Kin’iro Mosaic story.
(ウマ娘 プリティーダービー Uma Musume Puritī Dābī)
Narita International Airport (成田国際空港)
(あまんちゅ！〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Tsurugashima Fuji Junior High School (鶴ヶ島市立藤中学校) in Tsurugashima, Saitama Prefecture
Itō High School bus stop (伊東高校バス停) in Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture
Ippeki Lake (一碧湖) in Yoshida, Itō. Though only 4km to walk around it, this is the largest lake on the Izu Peninsula and is just north of Ōmuroyama, the setting of the second part of this episode.
Ōmuroyama (大室山) in Futo, Itō. We saw this dormant, grass covered volcano briefly in Episode 4, and now have an entire half episode devoted to the popular spot, rated second out of 150 things to do in Itō by TripAdvisor. Most visitors just take the lift up for a walk around the edge of the crater, but you can also practice archery in the crater and go paragliding down the mountain.
Yamayaki Matsuri (山焼祭)—mountain burning festival—is held annually in late winter, generally the second Sunday in February, though the date may be moved due to weather. The grass inside the crater is burned first. After that, up to a maximum of 70 visitors can participate in the main burn off, which takes all of 15 minutes to turn the whole mountainside to ash. The tradition dates back about 700 years and is performed to clear the dead vegetation and facilitate new grass in the spring.
(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)
Tōjō No. 23 crossing (東上本線第23号踏切) in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Past Season Pilgrimage
@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to Otaru, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō.