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
Hokuriku anime pilgrimage
Yomiuri Shimbun Hokuriku edition published an article (photographs: text, graphic) about regional anime pilgrimage locations. Hopefully this will make its way to a digital version for easier reading.
Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Spot Sale
Dream News published a report on the Anime Seichijunrei “Hon” Sokubaikai (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) held September 24 at the Tokyo City Eye Performance Zone, which featured traditionally published and self-published books and magazines, and talks by prominent contents tourism researchers and writers. A second event has been announced for 2019 May 25 at the same venue.
Anime tourism white paper
Anime Tourism Association published Anime Tourism White Paper 2018 Prompt Report (アニメツーリズム白書2018 速報版), which compiles tourism data provided by local governments for each of the locations selected for the 2018 edition of the Japan Anime Seichi 88 list.
Numazu transit operators
Shizuoka Shimbun published an article about new marketing campaigns and additional services planned by transit operators serving Numazu, in the lead up to the 2019 January theatrical release of the first film in the Love Live! Sunshine!! series.
Numazu manhole covers
Numazu City has repaired the Love Live! Sunshine!! manhole covers damaged earlier this year in vandalism incidents and plans to reinstall them, along with an additional set of color and unpainted covers, on October 10. All of the new covers were donated by the division of Sony Corporation that manages the Butaimeguri augmented reality anime pilgrimage smartphone application. Official announcement; Yahoo News Japan coverage by contents tourism researcher Kawashima Tarō.
Fukasawa High School Just Because! exhibition
Chō Animedia published an article about an exhibition of Just Because! background art and keyframes provided by the production team for the cultural festival of Fukasawa High School in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. The school is one of the main settings of the series and would normally not be within the scope of butaitanbou, due to the nature of the facility, but the festival provided a rare chance for outside visitors to explore the grounds.
Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri
The Eighth Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri, which had been scheduled for October 7, was cancelled due to the predicted storm path of Typhoon 25. However, some parts of the festival will still be held on a reduced scale the following day.
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@ssslocation made pilgrimages to Tokyo Station and Edogawa-ku Sports Center for Episode 10; Shibuya Station, Ariake Station and Takinogawa (all Tokyo inner wards), and Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Episode 11; Bunkyō Civic Center, Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, and Odaiba Beach (all Tokyo inner wards) for Episode 12.
Shibuya scramble crossing (渋谷スクランブル交差点)
Hachikō (ハチ公) statue
Chiba International General Swimming Center (千葉県国際総合水泳場) in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture
Ariake Station (有明駅) in Ariake, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Takinogawa 6-chōme (滝野川六丁目), Kita Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
View of Ikebukuro from the Bunkyō Civic Center observation lounge (文京シビックセンター 展望ラウンジ) in Kasuga, Bunkyō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
The final natatorium of the season is a curious situation. Some of the footbridges, the wooded areas, and the interior scenes on the pool deck all come from the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center (東京辰巳国際水泳場) in Tatsumi, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. Other outdoor spaces and the structure exterior itself do not match at all. This pool will host the water polo events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Odaiba Seaside Park (お台場海浜公園) in Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
(ヤマノススメ サードシーズン Yama no Susume Sādo Shīzun)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
The final episode of the season gives us one last look at our favorite places in Hannō (飯能), Saitama Prefecture.
Hannō Central Park (飯能中央公園)
Fourth season, please!