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
A second convening of the Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Sale (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) will be held May 25 at Tokyo City Eye Performance Zone, and will again feature traditionally published and self-published books and magazines about anime pilgrimage, and talks by prominent contents tourism researchers and writers. Publication submissions are being accepted until the end of March.
Architect Nakamura Kyōichi (中村享一) and Cygames producer Takenaka Nobuhiro (竹中信広) gave a lecture on March 2 about Western style architecture in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, with specific emphasis on how the former Mitsubishi Joint Stock Company Karatsu Branch building became a setting for Zombie Land Saga.
Mainichi Shimbun published an article about B.B.Base (Boso Bicycle Base), a special train configured to allow cyclists to board without disassembling their bicycles, operating between Tokyo and the Bōsō Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. Customers of the special service include pilgrims traveling with bicycles to Sakura for Yowamushi Pedal.
Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about the problem of IC transit card users being unable to make local train journeys that cross boundaries between zones controlled by regional rail operators, such as JR East, JR Tōkai and JR West. The hook for the article is that the issue has become prominent with the large volume of Suica users traveling on the Tōkaidō Main Line between Tokyo and Numazu for Love Live! Sunshine!! pilgrimage.
Chūnichi Shimbun published an article about the pilgrimage exchange notebook installed at Etchū-Nakamura Station in Namerikawa, Toyama for Mirai no Mirai.
Town News published an article about pilgrimage to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture for Release the Spyce, including multiple quotes from series screenwriter Takahiro about the location hunting process.
Town News published an article about a talk show featuring Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai original creator Kamoshida Hajime and voice actor Setō Asami (Sakurajima Mai) held February 23 at the Shinbori Live Hall in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture. Kamoshida indicated Fujisawa was chosen as the setting of the work for its combination of sightseeing locations and everyday landscapes.
Ovo published an article about tourism destinations in Japan rated more highly among foreign visitors than domestic tourists. The section on Tottori Prefecture discusses GeGeGe no Kitarō attractions in creator Mizuki Shigeru’s hometown Sakaiminato, and similar for Meitantei Konan creator Aoyama Gōshō in Hokuei.
Minami Nippon Shimbun published an article about an official bus tour of Robotics;Notes locations in Tanegashima offered by the Nishinoomote Chamber of Commerce. Tours have been held February 22-24 and March 1-3.
Japan Walker Travel will offer an official tour of camping locations featured in Yurucamp, scheduled for May 11-12. Details about specific locations and events included in the tour will be announced in early March. Media coverage: official site, Anime Anime, Gadget Tsūshin