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.
Media and General Interest
Usagiyama Dai Bazaar 4
Tamako Market dōjinshi circles and fans gathered for Usagiyama Dai Bazaar 4 (うさぎ山大バザール４), a spot sale and fan exchange event held June 1 in the DeMachi (Ｄｅまち) event space at Demachi Masugata Shōtengai—the shopping arcade that was the main setting of the series—in Kyoto. @tomomasa25 returned with his Tamako Market itasha and afterward published an event report.
— あすか@宇治のトビケラ異状繁殖 (@soundeuphoasuka) June 1, 2019
— 子狐はるむ (@harumfox) June 1, 2019
— 大空の海原に (@ark197645) June 1, 2019
— ゆーべに (@kyo_soku) June 1, 2019
— 出町黒板の人【公式】 (@demachikokuban) June 1, 2019
たまこの住まいである北白川家の設定場所でもある「居酒屋 八百屋」さんも例年どおり一日限定の「たまや」暖簾に付け替えてくださってました。 pic.twitter.com/gklL3N7zSZ
— 北見△🍅🦒🍌 (@drispi_senyou) June 1, 2019
— MOS🐉ビビコス？かみこす？行けたら行く (@GC8CBE5A) June 1, 2019
— かるあきな子 (@mogsushi) June 2, 2019
Uji Matsuri Festival
Hibike! Euphonium fans attended the fifth convening of the Uji Matsuri Festival (宇治でお祭りフェスティバル), an official event held June 1 at the Uji Cultural Center, at which it was announced a new work in the series has been greenlit. Media coverage: Comic Natalie, Anime News Network
— いなずま (@thunder_cycle) June 1, 2019
— 安済知佳 official (@Anchika_manager) June 1, 2019
— 響け！ニッシーちゃん🥁北宇治OBⅥ (@nisshiy) June 1, 2019
Quite a few fans hit up both the Usagiyama Dai Bazaar in the afternoon and Uji Matsuri Festival in the evening.
Zombie Land Saga fans at Kashima Gatalympics
The 35th Kashima Gatalympics were held June 2 in Kashima, Saga Prefecture. The lighthearted physical competition on the muddy flats of the Ariake Sea tidal basin was featured in Zombie Land Saga in 2018 Fall. According to the executive committee, there was significant interest in the event by seichijunrei-sha as a result of the series. Media Coverage: Asahi Shimbun (with video), Saga Shimbun
— Show。 (@Show_ypaaaaaaaa) June 5, 2019
Future Season Pilgrimage
Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@rica0867 made a pilgrimages to Mihama, Fukui Prefecture and the former Iba family house in Ōmihachiman, Shiga Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! The house is an historic building designed by William Merrell Vories, the same architect as the former Toyosato Elementary School, used in K-On!