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
Kiki’s Delivery Service Australia pilgrimage
Kyodo News published an article about fans who travel to the Ross Village Bakery in Tasmania, Australia, believing it to have been the inspiration for the bakery in Studio Ghibli film Majo no Takkyūbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service). The interesting part about this story is that the linkage is limited to only a handful of similarities and the studio has never confirmed or denied the connection, yet the stream of visitors that began after the 1989 release has created a community of shared experience surrounding the local business that transcends a definitive relationship with the film.
Contents tourism talk
Cinema Press published an article about a talk given by contents tourism researcher Okamoto Takeshi on January 22 at Tsukaguchi Sun Sun Theater in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture.
Girly Air Force Komatsu locations
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force Komatsu Air Base website published an article introducing on-base locations that appear in Girly Air Force.
Zombie Land Saga bus tour
@zombielandsaga (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5) and @tascitours (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6) shared highlights from the official bus tour of Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga.
Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture; and Ueno Zoo in Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai Episode 12.