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
Coverage of butaitanbou-sha Ebisu (夷 @ye_bi_su) and his Hibike! Euphonium themed dōjinshi in the print edition of Kyoto Shimbun was noted in an earlier Weekly. It is now available online.
Yurucamp meat meet
A food-oriented Yurucamp fan-engagment event was held September 16 in Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture. The Niku Kuu-kai (肉食う会)—which I’ll hazard a guess takes its name from the chance encounter between Rin’s grandfather and Chiaki—served up bacon, spare ribs and other meat items, Minobu manju—the local confection that appeared in the series, and wine beef croquettes, among others. Media coverage: JMAG News
Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Spot Sale 3
A third convening of the Anime Seichijunrei “Hon” Sokubaikai (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) will be held November 17 at Kanda Myōjin, and will again feature traditionally published and self-published books, magazines and DVDs about anime pilgrimage, and talks by prominent contents tourism researchers and writers. Seller applications are being accepted until October 17. Media coverage: Dream News, Otaku Sangyō Tsūshin, Anime Box
Nakaji Bakery Eupho pilgrimage
A contributor at Rocket News 24 published a detailed review of the frank danish–also known to Hibike! Euphonium pilgrims as “Shūichi pan”—at Nakaji Bakery in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. Shūichi, and later Hazuki, are depicted eating the pastry in the series, and fans regularly visit the bakery, which has setup a corner featuring fan art and other Eupho paraphernalia. The review goes on to include highlights of a climb up Daikichiyama.
Tour offerings targeting inbound tourists
Otomo and Anime Tourism Association will offer tour packages for overseas visitors to Fujisawa (Seishun Buta Yarō), Takayama (Hyōka) and Nishinomiya (Suzumiya Haruhi). Media coverage: Otaku Sangyō Tsūshin, Anime Anime, Ryokō Shimbun
I’m a little put off by how the promotional copy associates foreignness with “tourism pollution” and characterizes the offering as solving a need for “sustainable tourism”. Reading between the lines, the tour guide serves as a handler for foreign anime pilgrims, limiting movement to a predetermined route and buffering local residents from their charges.
Future Season Pilgrimage
Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7, post 8, post 9) to Mita, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai:Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunōsen.