Sarazanmai さらざんまい

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

Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Sale (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) released the list of exhibitors for the second convening of the event, held May 25 at Tokyo City Eye Performance Zone. The meeting will again feature traditionally published and self-published books and magazines about anime pilgrimage, and talks by prominent contents tourism researchers and writers. Media coverage: Dream News

Future Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tokyo for the PV to upcoming Shinkai Makoto film Tenki no Ko (Weathering with You).

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture for the PV to Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Asakusa, Taitō Ward; and Sumida Park in Mukōjima, Sumida Ward for Sarazanmai Episode 3.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Hōya Station in Nishitokyo, Tokyo Metropolis for Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@aga3104_keyaki made a pilgrimage to Kanaguya, an onsen ryoken in Shibu Onsen, Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture for Konohana Kitan.