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

Complete cleaning, reorganization and cataloging of the K-On! paraphernalia treasure trove at the former Toyosato Elementary School in Shiga Prefecture is now finished, and looks amazing.

Dream News published two updates to the events at the Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Sale (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) on May 25 in Tokyo. Preeminent contents tourism researcher Okamoto Takeshi will chair the keynote panel. The head priest of Kanda Myōjin will participate in a panel about use of Love Live! and other anime content at the shrine.

Sakuragaike Quest (桜ヶ池クエスト) published a report (part 1, part 2) from the Fire Festival held April 13 in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture. The event marked the (almost) one year anniversary since the planting of the first cherry tree sapling in the organization’s campaign to revitalize the area around Sakuragaike, the lake near the P.A.Works studio. Sakuragaike Quest was formed as a response to P.A.Works series Sakura Quest, with the primary goal of fundraising for tree planting in the area to create the dense clusters of cherry blossoms depicted in the fictional work, which modeled its setting on multiple areas in Nanto.

Callum May (@CanipaShow) has made available a set of interviews discussing the production of background art in Kimi no Na wa. with the film’s art directors and staff, as well as Shinkai himself, translated by Kim Morrissy (@frog_kun).

Current Season Pilgrimage

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Asakusa, Taitō Ward; and Azumabashi, Sumida Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Sarazanmai Episode 2 through Episode 4.

@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Asakusa, Kappabashi and Azumabashi for Sarazanmai Episode 1 through Episode 3.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for Tonari no Kyūketsuki-san.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@offtama (post) and @makotomatic (post) made cherry blossom pilgrimages to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.