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
Nishi Nippon Shimbun published an article about the contents tourism strategy of Saga Prefecture, executed through the Saga Prize initiative, which facilitates collaboration with popular anime and games as triggers for travel interest, but focuses resources on events and goods sales in the local region only, rather than trying to draw interest through marketing campaigns in Tokyo and other metropolitan areas. It notes the transient nature of an anime-induced interest boom, as has been the case with Yūri!!! on Ice, and the importance of encouraging repeat visitors.
(ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部― Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu)
Locations are in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture unless noted otherwise.
Shari Jinja (伺去神社) in Shari (伺去)
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
Near Kenchōmae bus stop (県庁前バス停) in Minamigatamachi (南県町)
The Minami-Hachimangawa kappa statue (南八幡川のカッパ像) is directly above the subway Shiyakusho-Mae Station (市役所前駅), on the border between Kamichitosemachi and Minamichitosemachi.
(色づく世界の明日から Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
All locations are in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture.
Nabekanmuriyama Park observation platform (鍋冠山公園展望台) in Izumo.
Nagasaki Seaside Park (長崎水辺の森公園) in Tokiwamachi (常盤町)
Iōjima Lighthouse (伊王島灯台)