Fruits Basket フルーツバスケット

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

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for film Laidbackers.

@flyingbird1124 made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Denenchōfu, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Fruits Basket (2019) Episode 1.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai Episode 1.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@teo_imperial made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Asukayama Park in Ōji, Kita Ward; and Edogawa Park in Sekiguchi, Bunkyō Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for BanG Dream!

@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.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage (post 2, post 3) to Kamakura, Fujisawa and Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai.

@teo_imperial made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume Third Season.

@offtama made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@hoe0808 made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

@Bf109K1 made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Denenchōfu-honchō, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Clannad.