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
Washinomiya Lucky Star early seichijunrei
@noruzo_tetsudo published detailed observation and photography of early seichijunrei in Washinomiya, Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for Lucky Star. The article includes a visit during the summer of 2008, less than a year after the original broadcast, and the first appearance of the Lucky Star mikoshi and participation of anime fans at the Hajisai on 2008 September 7. Lucky Star is often held up as the origin of vigorous, proactive engagement of anime tourism fans by a local government, and has been the subject of many academic papers on the topic, but a lay perspective of this depth is hard to come by. This is a great historical record.
Iijima seichijunrei monument
Nikkan Saizō published an article about Iijima, Nagano Prefecture, which claims to be the birthplace of anime seichijunrei and will install a monument commemorating this at Tagiri Station, where visitors first began making pilgrimages following an OVA release of Kyūkyoku Chōjin R in 1991.
Anime tourism seminar
Chūnichi Shimbun published a notice for a seminar on utilizing anime to drive tourism that will be held in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture on July 2, open to the public. The chairman of the Chichibu tourism department will give a lecture, followed by a panel discussion with representatives in charge of anime tourism initiatives in Hida, Ōgaki and Gifu City.
(あまんちゅ！〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Kawana Harbor (川奈港) in Kawana, Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture
Kanra Tunnel (神浦トンネル)
Jōgasaki Kaigan No. 2 crossing (城ヶ崎海岸2号踏切), just north of Izu-kōgen Station
Izu Kyūkō Line (伊豆急行線)
Akazawa Diving Center (赤沢ダイビングセンター) in Akazawa, Itō, Shizoka Prefecture
Sakura Namiki (桜並木) in Izu Kōgen, Itō
Minami Ōmurodai Iriguchi (南大室台入口) bus stop
(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)
Ikebukuro No. 2 crossing (池袋2号踏切) in Nishi-Ikebukuro 2-chōme, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線)