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
Ueda Summer Wars art exhibition
Shinano Mainichi Shimbun published an article about an exhibition of backgrounds with corresponding real locations in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture from Hosoda Mamoru film Summer Wars. The exhibition is being held at the Ueda Tourist Center until August 31.
Hokkaido Golden Kamuy stamp rally
Otakuma Keizai Shimbun published an article about the Golden Kamuy digital stamp rally on anime pilgrimage smartphone app Butaimeguri. Some of the locations in the rally are over 300km away from each other.
Seichijunrei and copyright
Doctoral candidate Hanabusa Mariko will publish an article in Cultural Policy Research (文化政策研究) titled Anime Tourism by Travelers Trying to Avoid Copyright Infringement (権利侵害を肯定しない旅行者たちのアニメツーリズム), which uses case studies from Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for True Tears.
Natsumachi at Komoro summer festival
Fans gathered in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture on August 4 for the 46th Komoro Citizens Festival Dokansho (こもろ市民まつりドカンショ). Fans of Ano Natsu de Matteru have integrated into the long-running local event, forming one of the groups (連 ren) that make up the celebratory procession through the city, referred to as the Natsumachi Ren (なつまち連).
— なつまちおもてなしサロン＠小諸 (@nos_komoro) August 4, 2018
— 小諸市なつまちおもてなしプロジェクト (@komoro_NOP) August 4, 2018
— しりうす (@takubo88) August 4, 2018
Hōsei University Tama Campus (法政大学多摩キャンパス) in Machida, Tokyo Metropolis.
The area on the other side of the fence is the Jūbako Ryokuchi Park (重箱緑地公園) in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. This also appeared in Free! Take Your Marks.
Jūjōdai Elementary School Heated Pool (十条台小学校温水プール) in Nakajūjō, Kita Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
This flashback scene from Free! Take Your Marks is set at Totsuka Park (戸塚公園) in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku Ward, which is close to the Shimo-Ochiai locations that appear in the current season.
The Jūjōdai pool is in the background, center-right.
Takadanobaba No. 2 crossing (高田馬場2号踏切) in Shimo-Ochiai 1-chōme, Shinjuku Ward
Jūjōdai Elementary School Heated Pool
(ヤマノススメ サードシーズン Yama no Susume Sādo Shīzun)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@fureshima2223 (post), @habusan (post) and @teo_imperial (tweet thread) previously made pilgrimages to the Kanhasshū observation platform and Takayama Fudōson in Takayama, Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for the manga chapter used as the basis for Episode 6.
Series creator Shiro shared location hunting photos from Kanhasshū.
Starbucks Coffee Musashimurayama Shin-Oume Kaidō shop (スターバックスコーヒー むさし村山新青梅街道店) in Musahimurayama, Tokyo Metropolis
Nishi-Agano (西吾野駅) in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture
Takayama Fudōson (高山不動尊)
Kanhasshū observation platform (関八州見晴台)