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 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

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

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Rokugō, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Hoshiai no Sora PV.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Tonoshō, Kagawa Prefecture for Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Season 2.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Tatebayashi and Ōta, Gunma Prefecture; Kodaira and Higashimuraya, Tokyo Metropolis for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 12.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Higashimurayama and Kodaira, Tokyo Metropolis; Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai Episode 7 and Episode 9.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Higashimurayama, Tokyo Metropolis for Joshi Kōsei no Mudazukai multiple episodes.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture; Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san.

@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.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Uchū Senkan Tiramisu.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Kinosaki Onsen in Toyooka, Hyōgo Prefecture for Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon OVA Episode 14.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Onomichi and Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture for Sōkyū no Fafner.