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
Danro published an article by contents tourism researcher Kawashima Tarō about the the Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Sale (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. The intention of organizers was to both create an opportunity to gather this content together outside of Comiket, and provide a venue for exchange between researchers, fans and other seichijunrei stakeholders. A second event has been announced for 2019 May 25 at the same venue.
@gfi59 published a report (post 1, post 2) about the reorganization of the large collection of K-On! paraphernalia donated by fans to the Toyosato Elementary School since the series original broadcast almost ten years ago.
@rica0867 published a pilgrimage and report from 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.
Many anime fans attended this year’s Ryūsei Matsuri (龍勢まつり), held October 14 in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. The festival is notable for its handmade fireworks, which were featured in Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
— リジス＠C97 4日目西け-39b (@lidges) October 14, 2018
— みか探〜みかん探訪記〜 (@mikantanbouki) October 14, 2018
— ewi(いーうぃ)@PrayForKyoani (@ewi) October 14, 2018
— たちきち＠ARIA聖地巡礼サイト管理人 (@tachikichi_ARIA) October 14, 2018
— しん (@626shin) October 15, 2018
(色づく世界の明日から Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Very long telephoto shot into Shiinokimachi (椎の木町) from Izumo Kinrin Park (出雲近隣公園) in Izumo (出雲)
Meganebashi (眼鏡橋) in Uonomachi (魚の町)
Slope street adjacent to Minami Yamate Kusunoki Park (南山手くすのき公園) in Minami Yamatemachi (南山手町)
City tram line in Dejimamachi (出島町)
Orandazaka (オランダ坂) in Higashi-Yamatemachi (東山手町)
Glover-dōri (グラバー通り), at the west side of Glover Garden, in Minami-Yamatemachi
Same street, at the three-point intersection to the south
Jiyū-tei Tearoom (自由亭喫茶室) inside Glover Garden
Higashiyama Park (東山公園) in Higashiyamamachi (東山町)
Kinenzaka (祈念坂) in Minami-Yamatemachi
Recently rebuilt Nabekanmuriyama Park observation platform (鍋冠山公園展望台) in Izumo. This is a popular city viewing point.
Ōura Church (大浦天主堂) and Catholic Oura Church (カトリック大浦教会) in Minami-Yamatemachi
Izumo Kinrin Park
Mori no Majo Cafe (森の魔女カフェ) in Nishiumimachi (西海町)
Nagasaki Minami High School (長崎南高等学校) in Kamikoshima (上小島)
Megami-ōhashi (女神大橋) viewed from Nagasaki Minami High School
Top end of Kinenzaka
The second scene is next to the elevator at the top end of Glover Sky Road (グラバースカイロード),