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
Saga Shimbun published articles before and after a one-day-only public opening of the former Mitsubishi Joint Stock Company Karatsu Branch main building in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture on November 25. The intention of the event was to give seichijunrei-sha the opportunity to explore the building, which is used as a model for the mansion where the idols live in Zombie Land Saga. Over 1000 people visited and local officials were pleased with the turnout. @nagisaya_blog recently made a pilgrimage to Karatsu that included the event. Other pilgrims also took advantage of the event to explore the building, including @taiyaki0628 (tweet), @fragments_sue (tweet), @utuki9797 (tweet), @Daidai_KumaNeko (tweet) and @ecotomagia (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5).
— 兎月@潜水漢 (@utuki9797) November 25, 2018
Mutsu Shinpō published an article about anime tourism to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch. The story discusses measures taken by local tourism promotion organizations to engage with visiting fans at the time of the 2016 broadcast, the need to re-calibrate the strategy now that the interest boom has subsided, and ongoing fan-led exchange activities, considered by some to be a basis for initiatives to bridge from the boom into long-term regional promotion.
Sports Hōchi published an article about pilgrimage to cities and campgrounds in Yamanashi Prefecture for Yurucamp.
(ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部― Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu)
Just north of the Miwa 7-8 chōme intersection (三輪七八丁目交差点) in Hakoshimizu, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture
Though I’ve yet to come across any exact matches, it’s clear the Kirisaki High School buildings modeled on the architecture style of Dōshisha University (同志社大学) in Kamigyō Ward, Kyoto. The gate bears some similarity to those in front of prisons designed by Tatsuno Kingo, perhaps best known as the architect of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building.
The Kirisaki kyūdōba is modeled on the facility at Dōshisha University.
(色づく世界の明日から Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Update 2018/12/11: @fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Episode 8.
This is another place-dense episode with many new locations. As before, many of the narrow sloped streets are not available on Street View.
Update 2018/11/20: The notes for this episode have been updated with additional details from Astral’s post, published December 1.
All locations are in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture.
Lower entrance to Glover Sky Road (グラバースカイロード) in Uedamachi (上田町)
Medical Center tram stop (メディカルセンター停留場) in Shinchimachi (新地町)
I’m still not clear on the name of this bridge. Though Astral calls it Oranda-bashi (おらんだ橋), all search results for this term give an old stone bridge in a different part of Nagasaki. In any event, it’s just south of the Shinchichūkagai tram stop.
This shot of the trams on Dejima-dōri in the center of Dejimamachi (出島町) also appears in the opening credits. Though it has the appearance of being taken by camera in the middle of the street (which is dangerous and should never be attempted), it’s actually a telephoto shot from the opposite side of the T-intersection at the east end.
Former Dejima Seminary (旧出島神学校), telephoto shot from the bridge
This first photo club shooting location is in Kamikoshima (上小島) 4-chōme, on a direct route between the school and Sakurao Park, which appeared in Episode 6.
This point is in Kamikoshima 2-chōme.
Update 2018/12/28: This and the following four cuts are in Nakakoshima (中小島) 1-chōme.
Update 2018/12/28: These stairs are in Motomachi (元町), just a bit further northeast from Donnoyama Park, relative to the stairs Hitomi runs down after escaping Yuito’s house in Episode 1.
Higashiyama Park (東山公園) in Higashiyamamachi (東山町) appeared in Episode 1 and the opening credits.
These stairs are near the park.
This incline is also near the park.
This wall is in Higashiyamamachi (東山町), near the Ōura Preschool (大浦保育園).
Top end of Glover Sky Road in Aioimachi (相生町)
Ringer Park (リンガー公園)
Garden at Minami Yamate Rest House (南山手レストハウス) in Minami-Yamatemachi (南山手町)
The entire sequence with the cats takes place at various sections of Kinenzaka (祈念坂) in Minami-Yamatemachi.
Izumiya Ōura Tenshudō-mae shop (和泉屋 大浦天主堂前店)
Glover Sky Road
Orandazaka (オランダ坂) in Higashi-Yamatemachi (東山手町) 5-chōme, adjacent to the Shōwakai Hospital.
Just a bit further south from the meeting location on Orandazaka