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

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!

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.

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.

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Denenchōfu, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and Maruko Bridge for Fruits Basket (2019) Episode 1 and Episode 3.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Asakusa, Taitō Ward; and Azumabashi, Sumida Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Sarazanmai Episode 2.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Asakusa and Kappabashi, Taitō Ward; Mukōjima, Sumida Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Sarazanmai Episode 1.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Toyosu, Kōtō Ward; and Nishitokyo (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san Episode 1.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Episode 1.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Episode 8 and Episode 10.

@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage to Machida, Tokyo Metropolis for Date A Live III Episode 11 and Episode 12.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Kuramae, Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Grisaia: Phantom Trigger.

@fragments_sue made pilgrimages to (post 1) the former Mitsubishi Joint Stock Company Karatsu Branch building in Karatsu and (post 2) Ureshino, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture for Sora to Umi no Aida.

@Bf109K1 made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yurucamp.

@offtama made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Hyōka.