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 Washinomiya BBQ
Fans of Lucky Star gathered September 1 in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for the annual Lucky Barbecue organized by the Washinomiya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This year’s event included a Kyoto Animation donation drive and autograph session with Hiiragi Tsukasa voice actor Fukuhara Kaori.
— 刑部長門守伊月（いづき） (@bluetwintail) September 1, 2019
Nihon Keizai Shimbun published an article about declining regional areas without traditional tourism assets seeking to use contents tourism as a means to attract visitors.
Takagi-san pilgrimage in Tonoshō
Asahi Shimbun reporter tours Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san locations included in the “butaitanbou map” produced by Tonoshō, Kagawa Prefecture, one of the two towns that comprise the island of Shōdoshima.
Current Season Pilgrimage
@Matcha1919 made a pilgrimage to Hachioji, Tokyo Metropolis for Re:Stage! Dream Days.