After School Dice Club 放課後さいころ倶楽部

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

Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri
The rescheduled Ninth Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri was held on November 2 after being postponed from October 12 due to Typhoon 19. The fictional festival from Hanasaku Iroha has been held in Yuwaku, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture every year since the series broadcast. P.A.Works and the hot spring village worked together to use the series as an opportunity to create a real world event for the purpose of regional revitalization. Media coverage: Hokkoku Shimbun

Current Season Pilgrimage

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Takada, Higashi-Ikebukuro and Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward; and Suginami Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Minami-rokugō and Minami-Yukigaya, Ōta Ward, Toyko Metropolis for Hoshiai no Sora Episode 2 through Episode 4.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Minami-rokugō, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Hoshiai no Sora Episode 1 through Episode 4.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Naka-rokugō, Minami-rokugō and Yaguchi, Ōta Ward; Kamata, Setagaya Ward (preceding Tokyo Metropolis); and Kanagawa Prefecture for Hoshiai no Sora PV and Episode 1 through Episode 3.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Hōkago Saikoro Club Episode 3.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Fuchū and Bunkyō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture for Chihayafuru 3 OP, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Bokutachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Tejina Senpai.

@laquari_ made a pilgrimage to Kanazwa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume o Minai.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kuzu no Honkai.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Komoro, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture; and Ogikubo, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika.