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
Kuonji, a temple in Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture that has made special efforts to engage with Yurucamp anime pilgrims, will begin showing an on-grounds introductory video featuring voice actors Hanamori Yumiri (Nadeshiko) and Tōyama Nao (Rin) from April 16. Media coverage: Akiba Sōken, @Press
Fukui Shimbun published an article about the city of Awara, Fukui Prefecture naming a cherry tree lined street “Arata-zaka” after Wataya Arata, a character from Chihayafuru associated with the location. The nickname was publicly announced and a ceremony unveiling a stone marker held on March 31.
Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@626shin updated a previous pilgrimage with cherry blossom photos from Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara Episode 1. He published a new pilgrimage, also including blossoms, to Nagasaki for Episode 2 and Episode 3.