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
Asahi Shimbun published an article about Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture offering licensed Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru goods exchanged for furusato nozei (ふるさと納税 hometown tax), a nationwide program that allows people to divert part of their local tax payments to smaller, less funded municipalities, which usually respond with gifts of items either produced locally or that have some unique tie to the location.
Hokkaidō Shimbun published an article about a boost in visitor attendance at the Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri, Hokkaidō Prefecture attributed to Golden Kamuy.
Hōnichi Lab published an article introducing five anime pilgrimage locations popular among foreign visitors to Japan, predicting increased demand going forward and thus more opportunities for local municipalities to attract inbound tourism using anime.
Renmin Ribao published an article about rapidly growing interest in seichijunrei among Chinese visitors to Japan.
Shōkei no Michi
Anime fans were in attendance at this year’s Shōkei no Michi (憧憬の路)—Path of Longing—held October 27-28 in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. The festival features thousands of bamboo lanterns and is depicted in depth in the Tamayura series:
— アストラル (@fragments_sue) October 28, 2018
— なづかり (@nadukari_h) October 29, 2018
(ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部― Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@NONBIRlw, a student at Nagano High School, posted comparison photos (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3) of scenes on campus from Episode 1. As always, remember that you should not enter school grounds unless there is an event open to the public, or you have requested and been granted permission by school administration.
All locations are in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture except where noted otherwise.
Shari Jinja (伺去神社) in Shari (伺去)
Front gate of Nagano Prefectural Nagano Nishi High School (長野県長野西高等学校) in Hakoshimizu (箱清水)
Asakawa Higashijō intersection (浅川東条交差点)
Kyūdōba (弓道場) at Nagano Prefectural Nagano High School (長野県長野高等学校) in Uematsu (上松)
Kenroku-en Kyūdōba (兼六園弓道場) at the Ishikawa Prefectural Budōkan (石川県立武道館) in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
The position of the bus stop and candy shop is just north of the Miwa 7-8 chōme intersection (三輪七八丁目交差点), however neither exists. It’s on the west side of the street, which by the map is considered in Hakoshimizu, not Miwa.
Nagano Sports Park (長野運動公園) in Yoshida (吉田)
Hakoshimizu intersection (箱清水交差点)
(色づく世界の明日から Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Nagasaki for the key visuals, PV, OP and Episode 1 through Episode 3. He’s also publishing separate posts by episode that have additional details, with Episode 1 currently available.
All locations are in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture.
Nagasaki Seaside Park (長崎水辺の森公園) in Tokiwamachi (常盤町)
Approach to the back gate of 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
No information yet on a possible model for the photography shop.
Slope approaching the east gate of Nagasaki Minami High School
The photography club sets up for a nighttime session from the roof of Nagasaki Minami High School. Though pilgrims won’t be able to see this particular vantage point outside exceptional circumstances, this general direction is visible from other nearby locations and is a popular night view of the city. Nagasaki’s topography creates many opportunities to capture panorama views and nighttime photography is especially popular. In searching for locations that appear in this series, particularly public parks, I frequently come across photo essays, portfolio sites and discussion forums revolving around finding the best places to capture night views.
Descending slope from the east gate
Future Season Pilgrimage
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Ogikubo, Shimoigusa and Kamiigusa, Suginami Ward; Kamishakujii, Nerima Ward; Senju, Adachi Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for SSSS.Gridman Episode 1 through Episode 4.