Wasteful Days of High School Girls 女子高生の無駄づかい

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

Butaitanbou dōjinshi in Kyoto Shimbun
Butaitanbou-sha Ebisu (夷 @ye_bi_su) was interviewed for the September 18 print edition of the Kyoto Shimbun for his Hibike! Euphonium themed dōjinshi, which delve deeply into Uji culture through interviews with local artisans, as well as discussion of Kyoto Animation production process.

Love Live! Sunshine!! Numazu seichijunrei
Shizuoka Daiichi TV program news every. Shizuoka (news every. しずおか) produced a segment on seichijunrei to Numazu for Love Live! Sunshine!! The broadcast includes footage from multiple locations, and interviews with fans on pilgrimages and local business owners.

Open the tweet in a new tab to see all the screencaps in the thread:

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Current Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Kodaira and Higashimurayama, Tokyo Metropolis; Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 6.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 6.

@_xckb made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Otsu and Takashima, Shiga Prefecture for Granbelm.

@a01_sumi03 made a pilgrimage to Shibuya Ward, Mitaka, Fuchū and Hachiōji (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Re:Stage! Dream Days.

@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Fujisawa, Kamakura and Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture; Machida and Komae, Tokyo Metropolis for Given.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Nagasaki Minami High School (during the school’s cultural festival) in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Suntory Hall in Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Piano no Mori.

@626shin made a pilgrimage (updates: post 1, post 2) to Fukasawa High School (during the school’s cultural festival) in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Just Because!