Run with the Wind 風が強く吹いている

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

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.

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.

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force Komatsu Air Base website published an article introducing on-base locations that appear in Girly Air Force.

@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

@Surwill published a Street view tour of locations in Tokyo Metropolis and Kanagawa Prefecture from the Hakone Ekiden course for Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru Episode 17.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post, new post) to Mita and Shinbashi, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunōsen Episode 5.

@112233aabbccdde made a pilgrimage to Tōkai, Aichi Prefecture for Go-Tōbun no Hanayome Episode 6.

@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Tokyo and Tijuana, Mexico for Mahō Shōjo Tokushusen Asuka.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@tsumiri_f5 made a pilgrimage to Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga.

@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.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture for Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yurucamp.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 10, post 11) to Hakodate, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Jingūmae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! The School Idol Movie.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Haneda Airport and hatsumōde visit to Kanda Myōjin for for Love Live!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Hakodate, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Air.