Chihayafuru ちはやふる

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-sha Ebisu media appearances
NHK local news included a segment featuring butaitanbou-sha Ebisu (夷 @ye_bi_su) on October 18. It has been adapted as a print article and included in NHK special site “Kyoani Connecting Thoughts” (京アニつなぐ思い). Ebisu’s Hibike! Euphonium themed dōjinshi delve deeply into Uji culture through interviews with local artisans, and include discussion of Kyoto Animation location hunting and production process. He is planning a third and final volume in which he would like to focus on Uji local festivals.

Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri
@626shin published a photo essay report from the Ninth Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri, held November 2. 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.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Naka-Rokugō, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Hoshiai no Sora Episode 5.

@hiroina_7916ltd made a pilgrimage to the Kawaguchi Comprehensive Cultural Center Lilia in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture for Chihayafuru 3 Episode 2 through Episode 5.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@tesra1141 made a video pilgrimage to the Kurobe Dam in Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture for Kemurikusa.

@tesra1141 made a video pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Owarimonogatari.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture for Grisaia no Kajitsu.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Bakemonogatari.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Hamura and Mizuho, Tokyo Metropolis for Clannad (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5) and Clannad After Story (post 6, post 7, post 8, post 9).