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 sacred site pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting)—on this website referred to collectively as anime pilgrimage—which are forms of place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.
Current Season Pilgrimage
@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Denenchōfu, Ōta Ward and Komae (both Tokyo Metropolis); Musashikosugi, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture; and Maruko Bridge, between Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki and Ōta Ward for Fruits Basket (2019) PV and Episode 1 through Episode 5.
@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Asakusa and Kappabashi (Matsugaya), Taitō Ward; Azumabashi, Mukōjima and Tokyo Skytree Station (Oshiage), Sumida Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Sarazanmai Episode 4 through Episode 6.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture for Girly Air Force.
@krissy297_ph made a pilgrimage to Mita and Minamiazabu, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunōsen.
@krissy297_ph made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station and Ōtemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru.
@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Alberobello, Italy for Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara.
@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Karatsu and Imari, Ureshino and Saga City (all Saga Prefecture) for Zombie Land Saga.
@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai.
@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kyōbashi, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken.
@Nagatoyukito5 made a pilgrimage to Lockheart Castle in Takayama, Gunma Prefecture for Yama no Susume Third Season.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture for Sora yori mo Tōi Basho.
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Yamanashi Prefecture for Yurucamp.
@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Miyakejima, Miyake Subprefecture, Tokyo Metropolis for Two Car.
@krissy297_ph made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Bungō Stray Dogs.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station for Kimi no Na wa.
@Hidamarie_win made a pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Tower for Love Live! Sunshine!!
@dotproducer made a pilgrimage to Chiba Prefecture for Dagashi Kashi.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls & Panzer Gekijōban.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Tower for Non Non Biyori Repeat.
@Nagatoyukito5 made a pilgrimage to Musashi Kyūryō National Government Park in Namegawa, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume Second Season.
@UiHanTan made a pilgrimage to England for Kin’iro Mosaic.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls & Panzer OVA 1.