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 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

Lucky Star mikoshi at Yasakasai
Eruru (えるる @erukuma) published a detailed report of the movements and atmosphere surrounding the Lucky Star mikoshi at this year’s Yasakasai in Washinomiya, Saitama Prefecture on July 28. Among the observations, the one most interesting to me was how the shrine materials, though durable, eventually deteriorate over time and must be periodically renewed. When this is done, the illustrations must be redrawn by hand, so Eruru sees value in creating a visual ethnography that records the mikoshi as it changes. The photography and videography in the report is aesthetically sophisticated and puts the viewer right up into the scrum of mikoshi bearers.

Contents tourism management workshop
Regional Contents Research Society (地域コンテンツ研究会) will present a workshop on contents tourism management in regional areas, held at Toyama Prefectural University in Imizu, Toyama Prefecture on September 13. The event is open to the public, with advance registration required and ¥1000 participation fee paid at the venue.

Yoyogi Kaikan dismantling
Mainichi Shimbun published two stories (article 1, article 2) and a photo gallery of Yoyogi Kaikan, noting its use in the setting of Tenki no Ko and demolition underway.

Jojo Italy tour offering
Kinki Nippon Tourist will offer a tour package including Naples, Pompeii, Rome and Venice locations used in the setting of Jojo no Kimyō na Bōken: Ōgon no Kaze. The itinerary is scheduled for November 14-20 and applications will be accepted from August 26 to September 6. Media coverage: Anime News Network

Current Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 (post), @miyaken46 (post) and @ts_kobaya (video) made pilgrimages to Kōzushima, Ōshima Subprefecture, Tokyo Metropolis and aboard the Sarubia Maru on the route back to Takeshiba Terminal in Tokyo for Tenki no Ko (Weathering with You).

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Higashimurayama; Kodaira; Akatsutsumi, Setagaya Ward (preceding all Tokyo Metropolis); Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture; Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7 and Episode 8.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Higashimurayama, Kodaira and Tokorozawa for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 2 through Episode 8.

@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Ōtsu and Takashima, Shiga Prefecture for Granbelm.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@krissy297_ph made a pilgrimage to Oshiage, Sumida Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Idolish7: Vibrato.

@optiange made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Hikone, Shiga Prefecture and Arashiyama, Kyoto for Yagate Kimi ni Naru.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to the Asaka History Museum in Kōriyama, Fukushima Prefecture for Rewrite.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Maeda-Minami Station in Kitaakita, Akita Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Miyamori, Tōno, Iwate Prefecture for Saki.

@laquari_ made a pilgrimage to Mutsu and Yokohama, Aomori Prefecture for Clannad After Story.