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
Butaitanbou Archive curator and Butaitanbou Community member Ōishigen (おおいしげん @genoishi) is the lead author of just published book Regions x Anime: Development Through Contents Tourism (地域×アニメ：コンテンツツーリズムからの展開), an analysis of opportunities and challenges of creating or leveraging anime to drive activity in regional and rural areas, explained through the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including the region, travelers and anime fans. おめでとうございます！
— おおいしげん (@genoishi) April 11, 2019
Kyoto Shimbun April 19 evening print edition published an article about Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale, including the Uji locations that appear in the film.
— めろん (@na_sann777) April 19, 2019
Travel agency JTB will collaborate with the Anime Tourism Association and Komatsu Tourism Product Network on a marketing campaign to encourage visitors to Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture for Girly Air Force. The campaign will be in effect from April 19 to September 30, includes a stamp rally, and for guests staying at designated hotels will offer limited edition goods and Waon points (cash equivalent) limited to Komatsu. Media coverage: Fly Team, Travel Watch
Current Season Pilgrimage
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Musashikosugi, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture; and Maruko Bridge, which spans the Tama River between Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki and Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Fruits Basket (2019) Episode 3.